In a successful finish to the 2019 legislative session, which ended Jan. 13, the Medical Society of New Jersey, with the support of the AMA's Scope of Practice Partnership, successfully defeated A.B. 854/S.B. 1961 that would have expanded the scope of practice of advanced practice nurses (APN).
The legislation would have given APNs full signatory authority, allowing them to execute any document that requires a physician signature by law and would have allowed APNs to prescribe medications without any physician oversight. This win keeps important safety protocols in place for advanced practice nurses to work with physicians as part of the patient-focused health care team.
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