News and Commentary
Howard Weiss-Tisman analyses a new report on the effects of Vermont joining an interstate nursing compact. While it could help the nursing shortage, the report argues that, since the shortage isn’t just a Vermont issue, it isn’t guaranteed.
A Florida Senate bill on deregulation passed committee this week. The bill is a sweeping reform of licensing requirements, but the writers of the bill had to remove provisions regarding barbers and cosmetologists in order to get the votes needed to pass.
A local news report in San Antonio looked into the burdensome training requirements for licensing in many occupations. Particularly stand-out ones were the 1,500 hours for cosmetologists and the 4,000 hours for plumbers.
Arkansas Money & Politics Magazine gave an outline of the fight between physicians and nurse practitioners over scope-of-practice laws. They ultimately conclude that it is simply a fight over money.
On the Pennsylvania scope-of-practice front, a retired NP took to the local paper to clear up the misinformation physicians are spreading. She cites research that shows that expanded NP scope-of-practice is incredibly beneficial to patients.
The North Carolina Board of Education changed their rules to make it easier for out-of-state teachers to obtain North Carolina teaching licenses. Now, licenses will be granted to teachers who scored high enough on their own state’s licensure exam.
In Michigan, a new law removes the licensing requirements for house painters and decorators. This law removes the previous 60 hour, plus exam, requirement, and saves practitioners hundreds of dollars in fees.