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Nurse Practitioner

Beginnings, Education And Licensure Requirements, Current Roles And Functions, Future Of The Nurse Practitioner

Health care demands are often the driving force behind the emergence of new and modified positions within the field. In the 1960s the United States began to experience a significant reduction in the number of physicians. Coupled with increasing patient acuity (increasingly ill patients) and funding cutbacks, new types of positions as well as expansions of roles already within the system were introduced into the health care system.

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