Bill creates continuity of care in our health care system

Santa Fe – Today, a bill to extend admitting privileges to certain nurses passed the Senate and now heads to the Governor’s desk for her signature. House Bill 280, sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces), Rep. Micaela Lara Cadena (D-Mesilla), Rep. Karen Bash (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson (D-Albuquerque), would require that health facilities licensed by the Department of Health must extend certain privileges to certified nurse practitioners (CNPs), certified nurse midwives (CNMs) and clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) that physicians share. 

“This important bill ensures that New Mexico’s nurse practitioners and midwives can admit and discharge their patients without a physician’s approval,” said Rep. Joanne Ferrary. “In all hospitals throughout our state, patients will have continuity in their care – for mothers this means being able to follow through on their birth-plans and having access to the healthcare professional they have been working with. I am pleased that the Senate saw the significance of this legislation and the positive impacts it will have on our health care system. I hope that the Governor signs this bill into law.”

According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, New Mexico is one of 22 states which allow nurse practitioners to have full scope of practice. Full scope of practice includes the authorization to evaluate patients; diagnose, order, and interpret diagnostic tests; initiate and manage treatment to include the prescribing of medications and controlled substances, under the licensure authority of the state board of nursing.