In early May, HB 495, a bill that would give full practicing authority for advanced practice registered nurses, was progressing through the Louisiana legislative process and looked poised to become state law. If passed, some advanced practice registered nurses would have been permitted to practice independently without physician oversight. But thanks to a passionate deluge of lobbying from physicians and concerned constituents throughout the state, the legislation period ended without the bill being brought to vote in the state senate.
“Louisiana physicians of all specialties came together and basically bombarded the senate with calls, emails, and pleas to stop this assault on patient safety. The senators openly discussed how many calls they were getting about this bill. They were hit from both sides,” said Deborah Fletcher, MD, FACEP, an emergency physician in Shreveport, Louisiana, who testified at the hearings about HB 495. “In the end, they heard that Louisiana physicians do not endorse this bill.” Read more.