Yes! And they do in many states including the one in which I live. Presently, I am enrolled in an NP program of study.
I TRUELY believe that NP's are more consevative in medicating, try more holistic remeidies first, spend more time with the patient, and with patient education. I have been truly impressed by NP's, that is why I decided to join their ranks. I have not been impressed by the medical profession lately - they are in a sorry state, in my opinion. I've seen pt's in ECF go without seeing an MD for months!, while a NP at one particular facility makes a point to make daily rounds or calls - she makes one or the other on consecutive days. I cannot tell you how many times an MD just took the word of whomever talked with them on the phone - to prescribe a drug, later to find it was innapropriate, or had adverse affects!
If anyone should have prescription authority, I believe NP's are more prepared for it than MD's.
Keeping the Faith