(2010). Nurses as Primary Care Providers Get New Backing, Old Opposition. Managed Care. Retrieved from http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/medimedia/managedcare_201012/index.php?startid=4#/8/.
This article reviews the role of registered nurses as primary care providers and advocates changing existing restrictive laws in order to grant primary care responsibilities to qualified nurses. It presents the physician argument against nurses having a greater role in primary health management and the IOM (Institute of Medicine) and RN argument for the opening of legislation to allow for more hands on action from nurses. The thrust of the physician point of view is that nurses, even those with a PhD, lack the years of education and training that doctors must undergo in order to work with the public as a healthcare practitioner. The IOM and RN opinion is that restricting nurses role increases barriers to timely and affordable healthcare, and as such these barriers must be brought down across the United States in order to provide greater benefit to the public.
IOM Report retrieved from http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/The-Future-of-Nursing-Leading-Change-Advancing-Health.aspx.