LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Nurse practitioners deserve autonomy – SCNow

Constructive debate is informative and respectful and not a place for sarcasm. Whether one is debating local, state or national health care issues, distortions and misrepresentations offer little, if anything, to the debate process other than distraction and confusion.

The debate is whether the autonomy of medical practice afforded primary care physicians in any state (including South Carolina) should likewise be afforded nurse practitioners (NPs), particularly as more and more NPs are needed to fill the gaps in primary health care in largely rural areas of these United States.

NPs are not motivated by selfishness and turf battles but rather to serve the “needy” public and bring quality and affordable health care to all Americans. The…

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