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Easing nurse practitioner laws may save money at clinics

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Relaxing restrictions on what services nurse practitioners can and can't provide may lead to cost savings at retail health clinics, suggests a new study. Researchers found care related to retail health clinic visits cost $34 less in states that allowed nurse practitioners to prescribe and practice independently than in states that required them to be supervised by a doctor.

P.E.I. says new nurse practitioners will improve health-care access

CHARLOTTETOWN - The P.E.I. government says it has recruited six more nurse practitioners to work in primary care in the province. The government says the new hires will bring the total number of nurse practitioners on the Island to 11. Doug Currie says nurse practitioners will help reduce wait times and improve overall access to health care. Three of the new hires are graduates of the master of nursing program's nurse practitioner stream at the University of Prince Edward Island. The stream was established in September 2011.

Swiss probe 'nurse' over Facebook corpse pictures

Swiss prosecutors said Friday they had opened a criminal investigation after an alleged care-home nurse posted pictures of herself on Facebook sitting next to the corpse of an old woman. Prosecutors in the eastern region of Saint Gallen told Swiss news agency ATS that the suspected offence was disturbing the peace of the dead, a crime carrying up to three years in prison.

Swiss nurse under fire over Facebook corpse pictures

A nurse in Switzerland who posted pictures of herself on Facebook sitting next to the corpse of an old woman came under fire Friday from her profession, as prosecutors said they had launched an investigation. The Swiss national nurses' federation said in a statement it was "shocked and saddened" by the actions of the nurse from the eastern city of Saint Gallen. Saint Gallen's regional prosecutors said they were considering a criminal investigation into the nurse, whom they did not name.
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