Minn House passes bill allowing advanced nurses to practice independently

By KBJR News 1

Minn House passes bill allowing advanced nurses to practice independently

May 8, 2014 Updated May 8, 2014 at 8:54 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - In a 119 to 13 vote, the Minnesota House passed a bill Thursday allowing advanced practice registered nurses to practice independently from doctors.

The bill increases Minnesotans' access to health care providers - especially in underserved rural parts of the state - and helps create stability in the communities where APRNs treat families.

Advanced practice registered nurses are nurses with postgraduate education such as nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives or registered nurse anesthetists.

Minnesota currently has more than 6,000 advanced practice registered nurses.