This week’s TBT post was written during last year;s National Nurses Week. Although the situation has improved there still is a ways to go. The post is a good reminder of what nurses do and how an expanded role for them would improve the health care system.
This is Nurses Week, often a time when health care organizations patronize nurses with free food and tchotchkes. We’d rather have the right to be able to contribute our talents and expertise to improving the health of people by being able to practice to the full extent of our education and training. Last week, the New York Times published a commentary on The Opinion Pages by cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar that continued to prop up the old and inaccurate message by organized medicine that nurse practitioners must be supervised by physicians. It perpetuates turf battles instead of focusing on improving access to safe, quality, affordable care. At a time when the Affordable Care Act has provided millions of people with coverage for care, building our primary care capacity is essential. (more…)