Friday, October 24, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Inquirer Letters Extra: Top nurses ready to provide care

While there is a growing shortage of primary care physicians, fortunately there are growing numbers of advance practice nurses who will be able to meet the demands.

Inquirer Letters Extra: Top nurses ready to provide care

Temple Hospital nurse Laura Fesnal
Temple Hospital nurse Laura Fesnal DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer

How great to read a story bringing attention to the challenges of accessible health care ("More health coverage, but fewer doctors," June 2).

And while there is a growing shortage of primary care physicians, fortunately there are growing numbers of advance practice nurses who will be able to meet the demands.

These nurses are trained to diagnose simple and common illness, and to manage chronic disease. They are ideally situated to meet primary care needs. They work in collaboration with other health-care providers, including physicians, to insure that patients have the best outcomes.

Nurse practitioners traditionally work with the underserved.

At Rutgers University, we have the most diverse population of students in the nation. Our recent graduation saw over 80 nurse practitioners enter the health-care system.

Suzanne Willard, associate dean for advanced practice, Rutgers College of Nursing

Use your Inquirer subscriber sign-on information to access everything in today's print edition of The Inquirer, and more, at the new inquirer.com

  • Locate your inquirer.com digital sign-on here. Not an Inquirer subscriber yet? Please sign up here.
  • A handy FAQ on getting connected can be found here. If you have a promo code for a free site visit, there's an illustrated FAQ sheet here.

Also, read more Inquirer letters and commentary here.  Read Trudy Rubin's Worldview blog here.
Find all Inquirer blogs here.

About this blog

The Inquirer Editorial Board's Say What? opinion blog showcases the work of the editors and writers who produce the newspaper's daily and Sunday opinion pages.

Find out more about The Inquirer's Editorial Board here.

The Inquirer Editorial Board
Also on Philly.com
Stay Connected