March 26, 2013 (Minnesota Public Radio) According to a recent report in the Washington Post,
the new guidelines being proposed would allow for "tens of thousands of
nurses to set up primary-care practices that would be virtually
indistinguishable from those run by doctors."
Our nurse guests, Angela Golden and
Mary Chesney, stressed that they and their non-physician colleagues
already carry a lot of the weight in health clinics, and that they are
well prepared to do it.
"I think what's important for the
public to know is that every day, advanced practice registered nurses
are making those decisions — deciding on drugs, the dosages, what
they're going to do," Chesney said. "And that part of the practice is