Nurses deserve the pay

money-bagWe’ve got problems, big problems.  In case you haven’t noticed, we’re about 16,000 physicians short; yep, we don’t have enough doctors to go around; and that isn’t the half of it.

Nearly 50% of all physicians are over 50, and they’re choosing to take fewer and fewer patients every year.

Due to this, the Institute of Medicine recently recommended that advanced practice nurses be allowed to fully use their education, which means admitting patients to hospitals, leading medical teams, running medical homes, and – wait – get paid the same as physicians for providing the same services.

In fact, most physicians disagree.  According to the American Journal of Nursing, a measly 4% of physicians believe we should get paid the same for providing the exact same service.

I, shockingly, disagree with the docs and agree with the Institute of Medicine; I think we’re ready to take the helm.  And – call me crazy – I think we should get paid what we’re worth, which is a hell of a lot more than what we’re paid now.

Only 4%, that’s pathetic!

I don’t know why some physicians think they can thwart supply and demand or bend the laws of economics, but 96% apparently do.

I’m sorry, but we can’t be stopped.  In Nevada, NPs can now prescribe medications independently, without physician permission.  In Oregon, NPs can dispense some drugs directly to patients.  And since June, the Iowa Supreme Court affirmed that NPs can safely supervise fluoroscopy.

I wish Florence were here; if she were, I bet you she’d have a grin stretching from ear to ear.

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