Looks like my decision pursue an MSN in community/public health and a MPH will pay off. From the sounds of the article, ANPs will definitely be in demand and fulfill some of the need. Isn't it exciting to be a nurse at this time!
If we come together and make our VOICE heard we can change things. Problem is that we have too many voices screaming different things at the same time
:grn:. Our change can begin now if the ANA does its job.
How do we make the public and congress more aware of how an APNs can contribute to the resolution of this health care crisis? I wonder if they are already aware of the possibilities but must contend with the all powerful AMA who thinks that nurses want to be noctors or nursicians. We are not pretending to be physicians and most of us would never want to be.
We are great and powerful nurses protectors, promoters and optimizers of health and abilities, working to prevent illness and injury, alleviate suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, advocators in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations (the definition of nursing according to the ANA). Sounds like a group of heroes to me!
If we are successful in this goal, then physicians are not the all powerful decision makers :bowingpurand may possibly have fewer clients. Is that what they are afraid of?
Okay enough of my ranting.
I hope we see true change soon!