Support independent practice for nurse practitioners

Published: 9/13/2019 10:03:24 AM
Modified: 9/13/2019 10:03:13 AM

I would like to add the voice of the Community Health Center to the recent article about health care shortages in Franklin County. Although I was quoted in the article, I wanted to emphasize that without nurse practitioners, not only would there be no community health center in Franklin County, but there would be a catastrophic restricting on the availability of health care appointments in our area.

Nurse practitioners not only offer access to the health care system, they do so by adding an important dimension of whole-health, patient-centered care that is grounded in patient engagement, choice, and joint decision-making that unfortunately has historically been less a part of the “care” culture of other health professions.

The ”shortgage” of health care practitioners in our area could be improved significantly if the state were to modernize its nurse practitionerpractice regulations to allow for full independent practice. It’s embarrassing to live in an otherwise progressive health care state that it has nurse practitioner practice regs that are archaic. Let’s stop complaining about the shortage and take some easy steps to improve it by updating the regs. There is enough health care “business” for every different provider type to be completely “full.” I urge our legislators to support independent practice for nurse practitioners.

The health center is proud to have nurse practitioners on its staff!

Ed Sayer

Community Health Center of Franklin County CEO

Greenfield Recorder

14 Hope Street
Greenfield, MA 01302-1367
Phone: (413) 772-0261
Fax: (413) 772-2906


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