Greetings - I am hoping that I can pick some of your minds to inform an internal debate within our organization. We require all of our health education materials, which are developed by our mainly uncredentialed research team, to be approved by a licensed health professional before being disseminated on the internet. In some cases it is not always clear who this professional can be (e.g., Can a HelpGram on dental care be approved by Dentist and a Dental Hygienist or just by a Dentist). We are currently reviewing our criteria for expert status. I am in the camp that feels that licensed nurses are as qualified as MDs to review and approve the health care related HelpGrams. I'm curious how often nurses serve in the role of health care expert for media outlets. Are there any instances in which you which you believe an MD would have to be selected over a licensed nurse?
Your thoughts on this issue are much appreciate. To get a better understanding of what we do you can review our FAQs @ .http://www.helpgram.com/members/reviewer-faq.asp
Thanks for your time.
-Dan Fisher, Ph.D