Keep track of all legislation introduced in the NC General Assembly (2013-2014 Session) related to the supervision of nurses and other mid-level providers. The NC Coalition to Protect Patients supports our existing laws that protect patient safety by requiring physician supervision of medical procedures.

HB36 Meets Opposition from NC Physician Groups

HB36 – Enact Enhanced Access to Eye Care, has met with fierce opposition from groups such as the North Carolina Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (NCSEPS) and the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS). A recent article in the Raleigh News & Observer highlights the goal of the bill, in which optometrists are seeking to expand their … Read More »

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Physician Anesthesiologist Prevents Parent’s Worst Nightmare

Just like the North Carolina General Assembly, many other state legislatures across the country are considering legislation that would remove the requirement of physician supervision of nurses.  In Michigan, SB 320 would propose to allow Certified Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to practice without physician oversight. This proposal was concerning enough to one Michigan mother – a … Read More »

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The Mistake of a Lifetime

One of these moles is harmless, one of them is a life-threatening melanoma. Dermatologists train for more than a decade to know the difference. Melanoma is curable if it is caught early—so a correct diagnosis is literally the difference between life and death. SB695 and HB807 would allow nurses to diagnose skin cancer without back … Read More »

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Eliminating Supervision of Nurses Won’t Improve Access to Care in Rural NC

The NC Coalition to Protect Patients supports team-based healthcare. To protect patients, the healthcare team must be led by those with the highest level of training – physicians. SB 695/HB 807 would end physician supervision of many types of nurses and fragment the healthcare team. Supporters of these bills say that, once unsupervised, nurses will … Read More »

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Who’s Who In Your Healthcare Team?

Healthcare is a team sport. Every player has the important role of providing access and managing costs. When it comes to safety, leadership of the healthcare team must remain with those with the highest level of education and training. Physician supervision is key to protecting North Carolina patients. For this reason, the Coalition opposes SB … Read More »

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Naturopath Licensing Bills Put Patients at Risk

As crossover approaches at the North Carolina General Assembly it is possible that SB 118/HB 913 – Naturopathic Doctors Licensing Act may be debated. This legislation proposes to create a third classification of physician in North Carolina. Current law permits the licensure of Medical Doctors (MD) and Doctors of Osteopathy (DO) – both regulated by … Read More »

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SB 695/HB 807 Puts Mothers and Newborns at Risk

North Carolina’s OB/Gyn doctors and Certified Nurse Midwives work side-by-side as partners to ensure that their patients – women and soon-to-be-born children – get the best and safest care possible. Cooperation and high standards of care are only enhanced by flexible, but necessary, physician supervision of nurse midwives. Physician OB/Gyns complete twice as many years … Read More »

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Keep Physician Supervision, Oppose SB 695

Did you know that physician supervision provides greater flexibility to the way nurses practice in our state? North Carolina law is unique from many other states in that it is accommodating to both nurses and physicians – resulting in better patient care. While other states limit nurses to the skills acquired during 1-2 years of … Read More »

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Physician Supervision of Nurses: It’s All About Safety

Doctors can train for as long as 15 years before they are allowed to treat patients without supervision – because extra years of training can mean the difference between life and death. A nurse’s’ training is considerably shorter – which makes their supervision by a physician critical to patient safety. For this reason the Coalition … Read More »

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Protect Patients – OPPOSE SB 240

Legislation has been filed in the NC Senate that puts patients at great risk. Senate Bill 240 proposes to eliminate the requirement of physician supervision of nurse anesthetists (CRNAs). North Carolina law has always required physician supervision of nurse anesthetists providing anesthesia medical care. Unfortunately, this important patient safety standard is under attack. Physician supervision … Read More »

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