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Nurse practitioners ease doctor shortage, but won’t get more authority to prescribe narcotics

They’re not doctors, but they do a lot of the same things, probably most things most patients need. They’re nurse practitioners, officially known as advanced practice registered nurses, or APRNs. Kentucky has 5,400 of them, and they are helping ease the state’s shortage of doctors, reports Darla Carter of The Courier-Journal. “Since the expansion of the Affordable Care Act, there’s...