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Battle brewing over nurse practitioners

With a busy practice specializing in women’s health, Melinda Staten of Louisville is an advanced registered nurse practitioner, not a doctor. And she doesn’t want to be one.

“We’re not trying to be doctors — we never have,” said Staten, one of about 3,700 such nurses in Kentucky with advanced training that allows them to practice independently. “If we’d wanted to be doctors, we would have gone to medical school.”

But the Kentucky Medical Association claims otherwise. It’s fighting proposed legislation that would lift some limits on the ability of nurse practitioners to prescribe medication and perform other, mostly routine tasks such as signing a child’s immunization certificate or certifying the need for employee sick leave.

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