nurses Committee to Consider Bill That Would Allow Nurses to Prescribe Drugs By Jake Neher • Mar 16, 2015 Kevin Lavery, WKAR (MPRN-Lansing) Some Michigan nurses would be able to prescribe drugs without a doctor’s consent. That’s under a bill up for a state Senate committee hearing on Tuesday. Bill would let some nurses prescribe drugs without a doctor By Rebecca Thiele • Nov 13, 2013 Advanced practice registered nurses or APRNs would also be able to treat and diagnose patients without a physician’s supervision. Bill would require higher patient-to-staff ratios in hospitals By Rebecca Thiele • Mar 5, 2013 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.