We’ve covered how the need for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) is growing across the country in record numbers. This is expected as the number of insured people increases thanks to the Affordable Care Act. It’s simply a product of the industry changing to meet demands.
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The State of California recently took a major step in aiding NP and PA autonomy when Governor Jerry Brown signed a new bill into law allowing mid-level practitioners to approve patient wishes on resuscitative measures. The law will go into effect in 2016.
To put it simply, the law encourages the greater use of a form known as the Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. The form, which is presented to patients, declares the patient’s wishes concerning resuscitative measures like CPR or defibrillation when they are near the end of life.
The law expands the scope of NPs and PAs by giving them the authority, under the supervision of a physician, to sign off on a patient’s wishes. The added responsibility allows them to provide care faster when it’s needed.
For patients and their families, it creates an open discussion about end of life care and eliminates some of the barriers previously faced when carrying out patients’ wishes. It’s a measure that gives families options when discussing a difficult subject by providing a simpler path to meeting requests.
California is one of the first states to increase the autonomy of NPs and PAs, setting a precedent for similar movements across the country.
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The boom in the mid-level practitioner market is a historic one and NP PA Recruiters wants to make sure you are a part of it. We work with candidates across the country to find the perfect fit that matches your skills. If you want to join the movement and find your place, get started with us today.