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The Trouble with Nurse Practitioners



At a time when healthcare institutions need and should be hiring more APRNs, turf battles, nurse practitioner shortages, and state laws are stubbornly standing in the way.



2 comments on "The Trouble with Nurse Practitioners"
MBRose (3/27/2013 at 3:50 PM)

Perhaps it is time for physicians to finally accept that nursing is not only a valuable profession, but one that can provide high quality health care in all settings, and become our colleagues and not our overseers. Nurses have been socialized to revere MDs; however, MDs have not educated or socialized to value what nurses bring to the health care table. Time for things to change if this country is ever going to get health care back to top quality for a reasonable cost. Time for nurses to step up and speak up regarding the care provided and advocating for clients we serve in all aspects of healthcare.
Bob Lowry, PA-C (3/27/2013 at 9:26 AM)

Perhaps Ms. Rice should have included Physician Assistants in this article to give it a broader view. PAs can help fill this provider shortage. PAs work under the supervision of physicians and stress the team concept of complete patient care. More info about PAs can be found at AAPA.org.