Jill Tucker, RN says:

“At the close of National Nurses Week it is encouraging to see progress made that would allow Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to care for patients without a doctor’s oversight. 15 states are considering legislation this year that would give APRN’s that freedom. Research shows that Nurse Practitioners are likely to serve Medicaid patients and work in rural communities—where the demand is greatest. APRN’s can be trained quickly and their lower compensation can help to drive down overall health care costs.”
California Weighs Expanded Role For Nurse Practitioners

NPR.org  May 9, 2013