Opinion: NPs should practice to full extent of education, experience

07/18/2007 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Pennsylvania bill expected to be signed into law on Friday will expand the ability for nurse practitioners to manage primary care clinics that provide an affordable, convenient alternative for medical care and ease the strain on hospital emergency departments, the executive administrator of the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association writes. The group "calls on the AMA to stop its request for a costly and unwarranted investigation of nurse practitioner-managed retail clinics -- an investigation that, at best, is an unwelcome distraction from the urgent health-care issues facing Americans today," Betsy M. Snook writes.

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