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Time to Ease Restrictions On Nurses?

by: Linda Le | Tue, Apr 30, 2013 | nursing workforce

Nurse practitioners are central to solving the shortage of primary care providers. The Huffington Post offers a concise and compelling op-ed advocating for legislation that would allow nurse practitioners to practice to the full scope of their abilities.

In this Huffington Post article, David Freudberg discusses affordable medical care and what this means to the health care system. The existing shortage of primary care providers along with the prediction that the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) will bring in more patients presents a dilemma - who will provide care?

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) addressed this issue in a 2010 report which called for creation of residency training programs for nurses and recommended that the number of nurses who pursue doctorates be doubled. Additionally, the New England Journal of Medicine published an 2011 article which stated, "there are no data to suggest that nurse practitioners in states that impose greater restrictions on their practice provide safer and better care".

This change would not only empower the nursing workforce and solve the shortage of care, but it would emphasize the importance and role of nurses. Do you agree? We'd love to hear your thoughts. 

 

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