No shortage of studies on roles, value of nurse practitioners
The recent Guest Comment “As U.S. relies more on nurse practitioners, we need to learn more about them,” (ModernHealthcare.com, June 26, p. 25) reveals a troubling lack of knowledge about the extensive body of research on nurse practitioners.
Fifty years of extensive, independent study show that nurse practitioners have patient outcomes that are equivalent to those of physicians. This is not limited to low-level care, but includes the full range of often complex health services nurse practitioners have delivered for half a century. These studies, and others citing cost efficiencies and higher rates of patient satisfaction, have been sufficiently comprehensive such that renowned policy organizations—the Institute of Medicine, the National Governors Association, the National Conference of State Legislatures, etc.—call for authorizing nurse practitioners to practice to their full scope of education and clinical training, as is now the law in 21 states and the District of Columbia.
This country urgently needs its nurse practitioners and the safe, effective care they’ve been proven to provide.
Cindy Cooke President American Association of Nurse Practitioners Austin, Texas