Monday, October 10, 2011

When the Nurse Wants to Be Called ‘Doctor’

Last weekend, Gardiner Harris, reporting for the New York Times, detailed the growing role for nurses with doctoral degrees in the health care field. While the growth is high-level degrees in nursing is encouraging, Ms. Harris also points out that insurance companies have not altered their reimbursement schemes to reflect the more well trained nursing workforce. The rise in nurses obtaining their doctorates aligns with recommendations made in the IOM report, Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Additionally, there is also much work that needs to be done to expand nurses' scope of practice and alter reimbursement schemes for Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Specialists, which can be addressed in research proposals submitted to the Future of Nursing's Research Agenda.

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