FLA: Debate grows over nurse practitioners at walk-ins

  1. found at healthleadersmedia.com:

    debate grows over nurse practitioners at walk-ins
    with a growing number of retailers now offering walk-in clinics, a bitter battle is about to erupt in the legislature about what the nurse practitioners who staff them should be allowed to do. at present, they can write basic prescriptions for antibiotics and such, but not controlled substances, which includes most pain medications.
    miami herald, mar. 5, 2007
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  3. by   Atl_John
    Amazing, leave it to the AMA to find some excuse to put down midlevel providers. Last time I checked the current controlled substance problem was caused by MD's not by NP's.
  4. by   mdavidfnp
    You would think that with the health care crisis, MDs would work with NPs to alleviate problems of access to health care.
    NPs have only been in existence about 50 years and doctors were happy with NPs going to remote areas or urban areas with poor access to care. As an NP I feel like I have to prove myself all the time to physicians. And we have to educate the general public and legislators about the capabilities of NPs. Fortunately groups such as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners has printed information for this purpose.
    Somehow with the issues we have in health care, we have to get some consensus about NPs working independently in clinics.
  5. by   teeituptom
    Those walk in clinics keepa lot of people out of the ER where they didnt belong to anyway
  6. by   bikerguy
    The advantage to walkin clinics, of course, is that they DO tend to keep people out of the ER. Unfortunately, the people who go to clinics are either private pay or have insurance, which leaves ER's stuck with the charity cases, medicare/mediaid, uninsured, immigrants, and others who lack access to basic preventive health care. ER's need to utilize ANPs more in the ER setting for triage to free the MDs up to treat the truly emergency cases.
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