New Jersey Lawmakers Are Considering Changes to Scope of Practice for Nurses
Companion bills in the New Jersey Senate and Assembly could lead to a major increase in scope of practice for nurses.
The bills, S1522 and A2286, would allow advanced practice nurses to provide direct medical care and prescribe drugs without the supervision or involvement of a physician. Additionally, the proposed law would allow CRNAs to practice anesthesia without physician involvement after minimal training.
PPP believes that all patients deserve physician-led care in diagnosis and treatment. Increasing the scope of practice for nursing in New Jersey could change the standard of care and potentially increase costs and risk for patients. Physician leadership and supervision is critical for patient protection.
We encourage all physicians in New Jersey to contact your members of the state legislature and share your expert opinion on how these bills would impact medical care.