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In a Disturbing Decision, Iowa Supreme Court Allows ARNPs to Supervise Fluoroscopy

Thursday, June 27, 2013  

Despite strong opposition from medical societies, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled on May 31, 2013 that advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs) in Iowa can legally supervise fluoroscopy procedures. In 2011, a District Court ruled that ARNPs could not supervise fluoroscopy but the Iowa Supreme Court overturned this decision, stating that the District Court made an error in second-guessing the Department of Public Health and the Nursing Board on the adequacy of ARNP training to supervise imaging procedures. The Supreme Court commented that permitting ARNPs to oversee fluoroscopy improves access in rural areas, helps lower costs, and that there are no reports of injuries resulting from ARNP-supervised fluoroscopy.

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