The Role of A Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care

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Nurse Practitioners could be the future of primary care. Read on to learn how their roles may be changing to better serve the public.

A Medical Crisis

As the demand for better access to high-quality primary care in America grows, the role of nurse practitioners has grown with it. In a recent article by Peter Buerhaus, an internationally recognized health care economist and workforce expert, he states that “Despite decades of effort, the graduate medical education system has not produced enough primary care physicians to meet the American population’s needs.”

But are Nurse Practitioners equipped to fill these needs?

A Matter of Qualifications

Throughout his article, Beurhaus lists the many educational and medical qualifications of Nurse Practitioners, proving their ability to turn America’s primary care situation around.

Nurse Practitioners are licensed clinicians that specialize in the major primary care areas—family health, pediatrics, adult and geriatric care,  and women’s health —and “provide most of the same services that physicians provide, making them a natural solution to the physician shortage.”

Though Nurse Practitioners are qualified and educated to fill our society’s need for primary care, many states have prevented them from doing so.

A Solution

The solution? Allow Nurse Practitioners the freedom to widen their scope of practice and provide primary care to the public.

Nurse Practitioners could be the key to America’s primary health care success. This means the role of Nurse Practitioners in primary care may see some change in the coming months and years, hopefully for the betterment of public health.

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