Physicians' Stance on Nurse Practitioners is Dangerous

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, September 25, 2012

The Hatfields and the McCoys. East Coast hip hop artists and West Coast hip hop artists. The Red Sox and the Yankees.

Perhaps it's time to add physicians and advanced practice registered nurses to the list of history's longstanding, heated rivalries.

The American Academy of Family Physicians released a report last week arguing that despite the primary care shortage in the United States, "substituting NPs for doctors cannot be the answer. Nurse practitioners are not doctors, and responsible leaders of nursing acknowledge this fact."

Of course, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners immediately fired back, saying that "the ongoing attempts by the AAFP to limit the ability of NPs to practice to the full extent of their education and training only serves to increase the already overwhelming hardships placed on millions of Americans who are struggling to gain access to high quality healthcare."

Alexandra Wilson Pecci

Alexandra Wilson Pecci is an editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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