By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Brandon Moseley
Wednesday, the Senate Health Committee approved a bill, Senate 46, which would allow nurse practitioners to sign many documents that currently can only be signed by a physician.
The President of the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) Dr. Rebecca Huie wrote, “The Alabama State Nurses Association applauds Senate Bill 46, which unanimously passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee today. The Bill grants Nurse Practitioners signing authority on certain medical documents that previously could only be signed by a physician. Since NP’s are trained in these areas and work in collaborative practice with a physician, the Bill will help thousands of patients have easier access to care and reception of needed authorization forms. ASNA has worked with the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama and other medical advocacy groups to diminish clinical and administrative bottlenecks that have placed unnecessary burdens on providers and patients.”