MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some of Minnesota's highly skilled nurses will soon lead their own primary care clinic.

On April 6, the University of Minnesota School of Nursing will open a new nurse practitioner clinic in downtown Minneapolis The clinic is across the street from the new Minnesota Vikings stadium and a half block from a light rail stop.

For years, advanced practice registered nurses have served as primary care providers for many patients. But they were required to have a written agreement with a physician to practice.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports that changed on Jan. 1, when a new state law that allows advanced nurses to practice independently took effect. It allows them to break free of physician oversight after completing 2,080 hours of supervised work.

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