"It took, and continues to take, a lot of education and reeducation. Nearly every time we meet, I have to say, 'Oh yes, this is within the scope of practice of APRNs,' or 'Oh no, we cannot be doing those kinds of things.' But I have to say this group is very established," Turner says.
Holy Name’s Slonim agrees that education is needed on APN scope of practice.
"I think the biggest barrier is people understanding the role," she says. "Once the public accepts what the APN does and embraces it, then there really isn’t a barrier. Once they grasp the concept of partnership between the APN, the physician, and the patient, that’s when the silos break off, and it just becomes a solid continuum."
And, as Kutzleb points out, solidification of the care team produces the goal everyone is after—better patient care.
"I look at it as a partnership, and in a partnership, if I bring my best to the table, and the physician brings his best to the table ultimately, the patient’s going to win," she says.
Jennifer Thew, RN, is the senior nursing editor at HealthLeaders.