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. 

Advanced practice registered nurses or APRNs would also be able to treat and diagnose patients without a physician’s supervision.

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.