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Nurse Practitioner

Future Of The Nurse Practitioner

Though the NP role has proliferated and formalized, there is still some residual anxiety in both the nursing and the medical communities as to its exact benefits and responsibilities. Is the NP abdicating the role of the nurse, or is the NP a strategy to retain skilled nurses within the profession while providing improved care to specific patient populations and reducing costs? Is the NP position taking jobs from physicians because NPs are less costly, thus affecting physicians' employment opportunities? Regardless, as the role continues to be tested with different populations, it is being heralded as an appropriate role for registered nurses in the care and treatment of specific patient populations within a collaborative and collegial relationship with physicians and other health care professionals.



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