4:53 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Bill would let some nurses prescribe drugs without a doctor

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Advanced practice registered nurses or APRNs would also be able to treat and diagnose patients without a physician’s supervision.
LANSING - Certain nurses with additional training could prescribe drugs without doctor approval under a controversial bill approved by the Michigan Senate on Wednesday. Senators voted 20-18 to pass Senate Bill 2, which allows for the licensure of advanced practice registered nurses, or APRNs, who can diagnose, treat patients and prescribe drugs without physician supervision.
3:18 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Bill would require higher patient-to-staff ratios in hospitals

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Nurses unions and lawmakers want the state to require a minimum number of staff in Michigan hospitals. According to the Lansing State Journal, the bills would mandate things like having one nurse to every four patients in pediatric units.
The Michigan Nurses Association joined Democratic lawmakers Monday in their push to make Michigan the second state to mandate hospital staffing levels, but hospital officials expressed concern the requirement could backfire due to higher costs. Democratic Sen. Rebekah Warren of Ann Arbor and Rep.