Virginia McLean: Practitioners essential

March 15, 2013 

Essential care provided

As a nurse practitioner I read the March 10 front page article “More training, bigger roles for N.C. nurse practitioners” with interest. Research has shown (Journal of American Medical Association, Jan. 5, 2000) that nurse practitioners provide safe, quality, cost effective care to patients.

With our country facing a healthcare crisis and given the fact that nurse practitioners provide a valuable role, one should ask why the medical society is stirring controversy?

Providing quality healthcare is an immense undertaking that no one profession should ever claim as its own. North Carolinians should have the right to choose the healthcare provider of their choice without being intimidated by professional groups or insurance providers. North Carolinians should also demand that all healthcare professionals come together to provide healthcare that places the patient first. Let those who are trained, certified and licensed practice to the fullest of their education without barriers for the people of North Carolina.

Virginia McLean, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


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