Overlap of registered nurse and physician practice: Implications for U.S. health care reform

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Abstract

This review offers an analysis of practice overlap between physicians and registered nurses (RNs) who are not advanced practice nurses. Additionally, it spotlights opportunities for expanding traditional professional boundaries to establish novel care delivery models. The examples of RN role expansion offer a beginning for discussion regarding how the health professionals' knowledge and skills can be best used in designing an effective and efficient health care system. Although limited data exist on cost effectiveness and workload implications of the novel care delivery models, policy makers can use the findings of this review to begin to inform U.S. health care reform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-22
Number of pages10
JournalPolicy, Politics, and Nursing Practice
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Health care delivery models
  • Health care reform
  • Health care workforce
  • Nurse-physician practice overlap
  • Nursing practice
  • Scope of practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects

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