Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sen. Aguirre’s bill to aid nurses signed into law

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Legislation sponsored by Sen. Amanda Aguirre that helps assure the continuity of care for court-ordered evaluated patients was signed into law.

Under current law, once a patient of a certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner is ordered into treatment by the court, that practitioner can no longer evaluate the patient already under their care.

“By making this change, we can better assure the continuity of care for court-ordered evaluated patients by allowing continued evaluation by certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioners,” said Sen. Aguirre.

SB 1182 was brought to Sen. Aguirre by the Arizona Nurses Association (AzNA) as a correction of state statutes to reflect the role of practitioners in the mental health system.

Joyce Benjamin, AzNA Executive Director said, “the support for this bill is further evidence of the importance of advanced practice nurses in our healthcare system.”

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