ANA Calls Iowa Decision a Setback for Patients

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11/04/11
The American Nurses Association (ANA) called a decision by an Iowa County District Court judge that invalidated state regulations providing educational requirements for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) to order and supervise fluoroscopy a setback for patients. In the decision, the court stated that “this case is not about restricting access to medical services or about the competency of any particular health practitioner to perform procedures.” However, the court went on to state that Iowa law “does not provide [the Iowa Board of Nursing] with unfettered discretion to allow ARNPs to engage in the practice of medicine and it specifically prohibits the expansion of nursing practice into areas of medicine absent recognition of the medical professions.”
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