California Association for Nurse Practitioners


News and Opinions

Use the links below to download recent news articles and editorials about nurse practitioners and their growing role in health care. You can also keep an eye on our NPs in the News archive for other coverage.

In a First for California, Nurse Practitioners to Deliver Primary Care without Physician Supervision

California Health Report, January 22, 2018
Summary: NPs at the Department of Veterans Affairs Long Beach Health Care System are set to become some of the first in California to have full practice authority.

Nurse Practitioners: Key piece of the health care puzzle

Capitol Weekly, November 29, 2017
Summary: As we discuss how to increase the number of primary care providers in California, better utilizing the more than 21,000 nurse practitioners is a must.

Nurses Say AMA Launching ‘Turf War’ Over Direct Patient Access

Forbes, November 20, 2017
Summary: Nurses across the U.S. are upset at new American Medical Association policy opposing efforts to allow advanced practice registered nurses to practice independently of a physician’s supervision.

Nurses to the Rescue

Freakonomics, November 15, 2017
Summary: Could the growing army of nurse practitioners be an answer to the doctor shortage? The data say yes but — big surprise — doctors’ associations say no.

California doesn’t have enough doctors, and this bad law isn’t helping

Los Angeles Times, October 10, 2017
Summary: Not having enough doctors to meet the health care needs of California's growing population is frightening. Not taking steps to address this shortfall with a greater number of nurse practitioners is simply foolish.

California faces shortage of primary care clinicians

San Jose Mercury News, August 15, 2017
Summary: The latest UCSF study shows lack of primary care doctors to be a problem. Solution: allowing nurse practitioners to work at the highest level of their education and knowledge!

A nurse in the firehouse, an urgent care on wheels

Behind the Badge OC, July 24, 2017
Summary: A nurse practitioner on the front lines is producing real results – "dispatched over 1,700 times, and has prevented 57 percent of the 554 patients she’s treated from making an unnecessary trip to the ER."

Nurse practitioner home visits correlate to big drop in hospital admissions, ER visits

University of Rhode Island, July 18, 2017
Summary: Study finds hospitalization and ER visits drop over 60 percent with NP visits.

Amarillo VA nurse practitioner is first in Texas to get full practice authority

Amarillo Globe News, June 7, 2017
Summary: A step in the right direction – our nation trusts us to help care for those who have served. We will continue to lead.

Compton Community College Opens First Student Clinic

CBS Los Angeles, March 21, 2017

Aiming to Reduce Absences, A Fresno School Puts a Health Clinic on Campus

California Health Report, March 20, 2017

Nurse Practitioners Providing Most House Calls to Older Adults

Managed Healthcare, February 17, 2017

Nurse Practitioner Response Unit Launched in Los Angeles

Journal of Emergency Medical Services, February 1, 2017