Policy Brief important to NP practice
Expanding the Role of Nurses in Primary Care
New Policy Brief Explores the Role of Nurse Practitioners in Providing Primary Care
Proponents of expanding the nurse practitioners’ role in providing primary care say studies show that nurse practitioners do better than physicians on measures related to patient follow up, time spent in consultations, and providing screening, assessment, and counseling services. Supporters point to a 2010 report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommending changes at the state and federal levels to allow nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their education. Others oppose the expanded role of nurse practitioners, however, citing concerns over patient safety and emphasizing the differences in education and clinical training between nurses and physicians.
The brief’s authors say that state policy-makers will have the opportunity to consider changes to licensure and scope of practice requirements as they implement more provisions of the ACA.
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