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'Painful Prescribing' - Still Hurts

Published April 23, 2010 11:27 AM by Jennifer Ford

We heard from Maine nurse practitioner Virginia LaNoce, who surrendered her NP license to the Board of Nursing after several complaints about her prescribing practices. Read our first story here. We also reported that she was heading back to practice. But that doesn't seem to be in the cards just yet. LaNoce's license was reinstated early this year, but she says that she's still unable to find a physician to work with her on site, a requirement by the Board of Nursing for her to continue to practice. Because her family practice was in rural Maine, there are very few providers nearby who are able to work on site with her.

"There are just no opportunities in rural Maine, which is why my services are so needed," she told me in an email. "I have gotten many many calls from my patients asking me when I am opening and, if not at the office, where, because they will follow me. I doubt, however, that they would follow me 2 hours away which is where some of the places are that I have been looking to apply. Even some of the hospitals won't take me because of the 'encumbered' license."

LaNoce's husband, active in state politics, is hoping to spearhead efforts to submit a bill that would add nurse practitioners to the Board of Nursing, because currently there are none. "This is certainly not a Board of my peers. ... Nursing is so multileveled that everyone really needs some representation." 

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