Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Removing Barriers to Practice & Care

The Diane Rehm Show Discusses the Role of Nurse Practitioners

In 18 states and the District of Columbia, nurse practitioners (NPs) are allowed to treat patients and prescribe medications without a doctor's involvement. Lawmakers in a number of other states are pushing for similar changes to existing laws that place unnecessary barriers in between nurse practitioners and patients.

Last week, Diane Rehm hosted a discussion on the role of nurse practitioners on her nationally-syndicated radio show. Can removing these barriers help NPs address the shortage of primary care physicians? Does a team-based approach including a medical doctor result in better care for patients?

Listen to the show here.

Diane's guests included:
  • Dr. Reid Blackwelder: family physician and president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians. 
  • Mary Agnes Carey: senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News. 
  • Ken Miller: nurse practitioner, associate dean at The Catholic University of America School of Nursing, and president-elect of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. 
  • Sandra Nattina: nurse practitioner at Columbia Medical Practice in Columbia, Md., and past president of Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland. 

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