NY Times Letter to Editor: APRNs/Physician Shortage

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A letter-to-the-editor headlined, “The Role of Primary-Care Nurses,” from the American Nurses Association (ANA) was published in the online version of the New York Times’ Opinion section on May 10. The letter, signed by ANA President Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR, was in response to an April 27 front-page article (“Shortage of Doctors an Obstacle to Obama Goals”) that described the Obama administration’s concerns that a shortage of primary care physicians could impede plans to broaden health coverage. The letter represents ANA’s efforts to highlight its involvement in the health system reform debate and emphasize the key role Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) can play in improving access to quality care.

Please go to the Times’ online version to see the letter. (If the link to the New York Times has become unavailable, you can read the letter below.)