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Pennsylvania: New NP Regulations Published

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After a long wait in Pennsylvania, NPs may now practice under the expanded authority awarded in a law passed in 2007. With new prescribing parameters, NPs will be closer to functioning to the full extent of their education and clinical expertise, according to Susan Schrand, NP, executive director of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (PCNP).

Highlights of the new regulations include removal of the 4:1 NP-to-physician ratio, removal of the requirement to have a collaborating physician's name on prescription pads, and requirement that collaborative agreements are in writing. Only NPs who have prescriptive authority are required to file these agreements with the State Board of Nursing. View the regulations here.

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