Nurse practitioners are graduated with masters in nursing with a specialization and are certified by the state boards to be able to practice as providers. Instead of having the nurse practitioners have proper residency training like the medical doctors do; it is not fair for NPs to depend on 5 year experience attestation by a physician. Rather the new graduate nurse practitioners could be required to finish a year of residency if needed to make them feel at ease to practice. Although NPs have collaborating and supervising physicians, they work under their own license. If an NP finds any limitations with patient medical management, he or she has an option to refer the patient to another provider. I see any professional NP or a doctor would naturally collaborate with their counterparts if a question arises.
I believe NPs are committed, dedicated and reliable professionals who understand quality care and best of all are cheaper compared to the doctors. Patient satisfaction rates have been much higher because of the caring and teaching model included in practice by the nurse practitioners beyond the business and medical management. I believe that the competent NPs have become a threat to the medical doctors who have a narrow prospective. On the other hand, NPs bring easy and quality healthcare to the table with a teaching and caring model added to the medical practice. It is totally unfair for NPs to wait a period of five years to get to an independent practice model. I believe one year is sufficient for a Nurse practitioner to feel competent in her practice.
Therefore, I hope and pray that the board of directors make an informed decision and allow the NPs to work under the full capacity of their license.