The National Institute For Health Care Management

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The national institute for Health care management states, “due to the increasing demands of health care services and the personnel who provide them that despite the increase in medical school capacity the supply of physicians cannot meet the demand”. (AACN) “Association of American Medical Colleges (AMAMC) still projects a shortage of 130,000 physicians by 2025, split between primary and specialty care.” (AAMC, 2010). With this shortage, one might see the need and importance of Doctorate level Nurse Practitioners. Due to dramatic changes in healthcare such as new medications, advancement in medical device use, increase numbers of aging population and the supply of physicians to meet the demands, etc., nurses are required to have more…show more content…
They order, conduct, supervise and interpret diagnostic and laboratory test, prescribe pharmacological agents and non-pharmacologic therapies, as well as teach, and counsel patients among other services to individuals, families, groups and communities.” (AANP). The DNP- Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program interests me the most because it gives the most flexibility and autonomy in the areas of nursing that one can be involved in. According to an article in USA today, state laws have been passed allowing nurse practitioners to have more autonomy and flexibility. (USA TODAY). USA Today wrote, “According to the American Association of Nurse practitioners, 19 states and the District of Columbia now allow nurse practitioners to treat patients and prescribe drugs independently,” “Another 19 allow nurses to practice semi-independently, requiring a physician agreement for some piece of patient care, such as prescribing potent painkillers. Proposals to give nurses more autonomy have also been floated in some of the 12 states the association still considers restrictive.” Georgia and South Carolina happen to be amongst the 12 states that are considered restrictive. Nevertheless, progress is being made and holds many rewards to those who pursue this path. It is so important for nurses to be respected in the medical field, as we are a vital part of patient care. Many nurses are consulted about what

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