Do you realize that nurse practitioners are becoming the back bone of the American medical system? We are being utilized more and more within general medical care such as primary care, urgent care, woman’s health and emergency care.. Where does healthcare start? In these settings. We are becoming the driving force of medicine in this country.
If you recently visited your doctor’s office and haven’t already been treated by an “extender” or “advanced practice professional,” (e.g., a nurse practitioner [NP] or physician’s assistant [PA]), you may in the near future. With the challenges of more Americans seeking care and access to care, the use of extenders has helped improve access and provide needed assistance to doctors.
Disclaimer: I am not saying online programs are inferior to brick and mortar programs. The point of this article is to enlighten everyone about the reality of this situation. Online diploma mills are an extreme disservice to our profession. Every nurse practitioner is aware of this issue. If you are not, you must have graduated from one or have been on Mars. These schools accept anyone and pump out massive amounts of new graduate nurse practitioners. This trend is destroying the job market and staining our credibility.
Data and personal experience suggests it’s possible. The current shortage of doctors attending veterans might make it necessary.
Nurses say their aim is not to go it alone, which is rarely feasible in the modern age of complex medical care, but to have more freedom to perform the tasks that their licenses allow without getting a permission slip from a doctor — a rule that they argue is more about competition than safety. They say advanced-practice nurses deliver primary care that is as good as that of doctors, and cite research that they say proves it.
One answer to our health care crisis: Let nurse practitioners do primary care on their own.
Nurse practitioners are more in demand than most physicians as states allow direct access to patients for these increasingly popular health professionals.
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Arguing for the right of nurse practitioners to do their work without a physician's supervision is Angela Golden, president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and an assistant professor at Northern Arizona University. She owns her own family primary-care practice in rural Arizona.
Opposing efforts to expand the independence of nurse practitioners is Reid Blackwelder, president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Eight million more Americans just got insurance, many for the first time. Who will treat them all? Nurses.
People trust nurses: they were again voted the most honest and ethical profession. Yet, buoyed by typecasting, there are challenges to expanding their roles as the Affordable Care Act is implemented. Nurses’ image as handmaidens to physicians persists, despite the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations that they should “practice to the full extent of their education and training.” That span can be especially broad for nurse practitioners.
They and physician assistants are rising in numbers and ranks to augment patient care, especially in underserved communities.
There is a growing body of research demonstrating that patients perceive that receiving primary care and having a usual source of care is more important than who it was that provided these services.
For several years now, health care experts have been issuing warnings about an impending severe shortfall of primary care physicians. Policy makers have suggested that nurse practitioners, nurses who have completed graduate-level studies and up to 700 additional hours of supervised clinical work, could fill the gap. Already, many of these advanced-practice nurses work as their patients’ principal provider. They make diagnoses, prescribe medications and order and perform diagnostic tests. And since they are reimbursed less than physicians, policy makers are quick to point out, increasing the number of nurse practitioners could lower health care costs.
If only it were that easy.
JOBS JOBS JOBS! We have been hearing for years that the job outlook for nurse practitioners is growing strong. Nursing academia, nurse practitioner magazines, and various nursing websites (biased entities) continue to say the job outlook looks fantastic and we need to increase enrollment to meet the future demands… There will be vast shortages and all these Baby Boomers are going to need primary care… More people are getting health coverage… Blah blah blah…
So, whether you are an NP student or an NP in practice, staying connected to each other and the NP world is essential and with today’s technology, it has never been easier. I’ve scoured my personal resources and the web to find NP movers and shakers and the top websites for NPs on the web.
When it comes to reducing unnecessary healthcare services, primary care physicians are no better than their less-lengthily-trained primary care colleagues.
Allowing nurses to act as primary-care providers will increase coverage and lower health-care costs. So why is there so much opposition from physicians?
The success of APPs is clear and has been acknowledged by researchers and healthcare providers alike, and their role has become paramount in medical subspecialties and intensive care units.
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