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Advanced Practice Nurses: Prime Candidates to Become Primary Caregivers in Relation to Increasing Physician Shortages Due to Health Care Reform

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Abstract:

Many of us are familiar with the phrase “Is there a doctor in the house?” With national physician shortages we may very well start to hear “Is there a nurse–doctor in the house?” Advanced practice nurses are prime candidates to take over the role of primary caregivers and allow physicians to transition into a profession of specialized fields of medical practice.

Keywords: ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE; HEALTHCARE PROGRAM; NURSE PRACTITIONER; PHYSICIAN SHORTAGE; PRIMARY CAREGIVER

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1891/1073-7472.14.3.4.117

Publication date: 2011-12-01

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