nurse practitioners

We Need More Nurses to Provide Primary Care

Posted on 05/23/2013 by | Public Policy | Comments

Personal Health | Public Policy InstituteA recent survey of doctors and nurses has put the spotlight on a topic that is becoming more important every day — the shortage of primary care providers and the role for nurses in fixing it. According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the doctors and nurses broadly agreed that, “Nurse practitioners should be able to practice to the full extent of their education and training.” Unfortunately, they held very different views on just what that …

Doctors Oppose Expanded Role for Nurse Practitioners

Posted on 05/16/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Alvin Tran As nurse practitioners lobby to expand their authority and scope of practice in many states, a New England Journal of Medicine study released Wednesday documents a deep chasm between how doctors and nurses regard the issue. The study found the two groups overwhelmingly agreed that nurse practitioners should be able to practice to the full extent of their schooling and training. But doctors were less likely to concur that advanced practice nurses should lead medical homes, which deliver team-based, coordinated care to patients. Only 17 percent …

California Weighs Expanded Role For Nurse Practitioners

Posted on 05/13/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Pauline Bartolone, Capitol Public Radio — via Kaiser Health News As state governments get ready for the Affordable Care Act coverage expansion, some are taking a close look at their networks of health care professionals to make sure they will be able to meet increased demands as more people gain health insurance. California is one of 15 states expected to consider legislation this year that would give advanced practice nurses more independence and authority. Tina Clark is a nurse practitioner …

Nurse-Practitioners: The Answer to the Doctor Shortage?

Posted on 03/29/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthLet’s do the math: We have nearly 30 million uninsured people about to get medical coverage under the health care law come January. And we have a projected shortage of 45,000 primary care physicians by 2020. Add to that the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), with 43,000 members who say they can offer basic care if state laws would just let them set up an independent practice without doctor supervision. And the answer is … The nurse-practitioners, of course, …

The Power of Nurses

Posted on 10/6/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

Personal HealthAARP has a great piece from yesterday about just how helpful nurse practitioners are in keeping patients healthy across the country. There are even hundreds of clinics nationwide that are fully staffed with nurses. Doctors are always preferred, but nurses can often be just as effective as treating a person when the doc’s away, Here’s a snippet: “Nurse practitioners can deal with about 80 percent of the problems that show up in primary care settings,” says Marla Salmon, ScD, RN, …