Primary-care providers are the gatekeepers of our nation's medical system. A provider is traditionally a family physician, someone the patient knows and trusts. Using primary-care providers consistently leads to better clinical outcomes at lower cost.
Primary-care providers are the gatekeepers of our nation’s medical system. A provider is traditionally a family physician, someone the patient knows and trusts. Using primary-care providers consistently leads to better clinical outcomes at lower cost.
Within 10 years, the number of visits to primary-care providers is expected to significantly increase in both volume and complexity. The medical establishment alone is not braced to fill the current or future need. Nurse practitioners are a cost-effective, high-quality option.
A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in science with a “mini” residency and often decades of health-care experience. Their practice is regulated at the state level.
In Ohio, nurse practitioners work in collaboration with physicians, a system of check and balance that is documented on a standard care arrangement. They prescribe in Ohio, regulated both by the state and federally by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Nurse practitioners can perform 80 percent to 90 percent of the role of their physician counterparts. They work inpatient and out, do many procedures and can admit to hospitals.
Nurse practitioners as primary-care physicians increase productivity, accessibility, patient satisfaction, good clinical decision-making, care coordination and improved clinical outcomes. As the role of the nurse practitioner is being clarified within public, clinical and fiscal arenas, the demand is skyrocketing. I believe in the strength and dignity of the primary-care relationship and I believe that nurse practitioners are a great option.
Community nurse practitioner