Nurses Agree – Patients Need Physician Involvement

March 27, 2023

The Journal of Nursing Regulation published an article analyzing nurse practitioners’ education, credentials, and scope of practice in U.S. emergency departments. 

The conclusion:

NPs should not perform independent, unsupervised care in the emergency department regardless of state law or hospital regulations in order to protect patient safety.

The article goes on to explain that there is wide variability in the educational preparation of nurse practitioners working in the emergency department setting. 

Emergency departments treat patients with a wide variety of health issues.  It is important for physicians to be involved in the assessment and treatment of patients to ensure the most effective and safe delivery of care.

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