NPs and CNMs have had prescriptive authority for years. This isn't new. RNs having prescriptive authority? Read it again, it's authority to dispense; and to dispense birth control pills only.
technically they have "furnishing" authority in california. But, see my second post, they said "prescriptive authority" in the article title, and the refer to dispensing in the article. It's actually the authority to dispense any form of birth control; pills, patches, etc. It might not be a huge step but it is definitely a step.
Here's a clear understanding of the bill. Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. - Newsroom Assembly Bill 2348 by Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) allows registered nurses (RNs) to dispense and administer hormonal contraceptives under a standardized procedure, as specified. It also allows RNs to dispense drugs and devices upon an order by a certified nurse-midwife (CNM), a nurse practitioner (NP), or a physician assistant (PA) while functioning within specified clinic settings.