Nurse Practitioners and Prescriptions

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Nurse practitioners are now waiting for the state to release the legal guidelines for their prescription rights. Practitioners say they do expect some limitations but know their ability to write prescriptions will make a world of difference for those in rural communities.

Nurse practitioner Heather Stroah said, "Patients in these areas cannot travel 15 to 30 miles to get to where physicians are readily available, and a lot of times these towns cannot draw in physicians, it's difficult."

Nurse practitioners say they expect Georgia will follow other states' guidelines, such as Florida, and only allow them to write prescriptions for drugs when it comes to the flu, ear aches, or the common cold.