Nurse prac­ti­tion­ers rem­edy

The New Zealand Herald - - EDITORIAL & LETTERS -

Your ar­ti­cle about doc­tor burnout could have also cov­ered vi­able op­tions to ad­dress de­mand for health ser­vices. Stress on doc­tors is well doc­u­mented. Short­ages of doc­tors in ru­ral ar­eas cre­ate on­go­ing dif­fi­cul­ties for com­mu­ni­ties. It is time to back a re­al­is­tic al­ter­na­tive and sup­port the ed­u­ca­tion and em­ploy­ment of nurse prac­ti­tion­ers. They are highly skilled, pro­fes­sional and un­dergo rig­or­ous train­ing and ac­cred­i­ta­tion pro­cesses. They are bound by high eth­i­cal and med­i­cal stan­dards and have a lot to of­fer. At one sixth of what it costs to ed­u­cate a doc­tor, nurse prac­ti­tion­ers are a vi­able and sen­si­ble al­ter­na­tive.

Deb­ora Lee, Pt Che­va­lier.

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