NPs embrace growing role in primary care despite barriers

04/30/2013 | Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.), The

Nurse practitioners are using their advanced training and education to fill the growing gap in primary care, but how much they can do alone varies by state: 16 states currently allow NPs to practice independently. "Nurse practitioners are nurses first," says NP Surani Kwan, who says the profession can help address the need for primary care. A bill in California would allow NPs to practice to the full scope of the licenses.

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