“By 2025, the state will be short about 4,700 primary-care physicians, according to a recent report from the UC San Francisco Healthforce Center. This will result in more people turning to costly emergency-room visits for routine care, it predicts. One solution is to expand the role of well-trained nurse practitioners, who can meet the basic healthcare needs of our growing population at a fraction of the cost of doctor visits. That’s what many other states are doing.…”
I so agree, in order to help bridge the gap of the shortage of primary care providers.
We need to utilized the NP role to order tests, diagnose, and manage patient’s care.