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
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