Nurse practitioners and other non-physician providers are stepping in to fill the primary care shortage, provide
cost-effective health services and serve an increasing number of chronically ill patients. "Nurse practitioners combine the caring and curing by putting together the best of nursing and the best of medicine to help take care of patients," said Angela Golden, president-elect of the AANP. "Because we are nurses first we really bring the communication skills to our medicine. And we bring medicine's toolbox to our nursing."