Gov. Jack Markell (D-Delaware) signed a bill Tuesday modernizing the title of Advanced Practice Nurse to Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.

Currently, advance practice nurses must operate under a collaborative agreement with a physician or a health service.

“It made it complicated sometimes, you can’t always run down the hall and get a signature. So it slowed up care. It slowed up access. Particularly in a rural area in the state,” said State Senator Bethany Hall-Long, who sponsored the bill. The new law stipulates that the Advanced Nurse perform a certain number of hours of work under the collaborative agreement, and then can operate more independently.

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