This Tuesday, 115 nurse practitioners from North Carolina came to the General Assembly to ask lawmakers to loosen the practice restrictions. Why? By easing the restrictions on practicing for nurse practitioners, the economy will be promoted and patients will have a better served health care system in North Carolina.
According to the study released on March 3, 2015, Chris Conover, a PhD student at Duke university, and Richards proposed the economic benefits of less practicing restrictions to nurse practitioners. It is estimated that lifting those restrictions will create 3,800-7,128 new jobs statewide and generate economic output between $477 million and $883 million. Plus, easing the restrictions will help health system in North Carolina saving $433 million at least.
Besides the economic benefits, lifting practice restrictions of nurse practitioners will provide a more direct and quick treatment for patients than ever before. Currently, nurse practitioners have to write prescriptions and diagnose straightforward conditions under the “supervision” of physicians because of the law, though those physicians don’t physically supervise and they are not always willing to supervise those practitioners. Therefore, the laws of nursing is out of date. In addition, with the loosened restrictions nurse practitioners can provide direct and quick service to serve rural area where the primary care provider is in shortage.
Tay Kopanos, vice president of state government affairs of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, said that the bureaucracy limits the access for patients in North Carolina to direct treatment. She said:” the laws for nursing here are decades old and they really haven’t kept pace with changes.”
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