Obama Backs Expanding NP Education, Practice
Last week President Barack Obama called for expanding the responsibilities of nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nurses, as well as increasing support for schools of nursing. In response to a question from a student at the Decker School of Nursing following an August 23 speech in Binghamton, New York, the President said, “One of the keys to reducing our health care costs overall is the increased value of advanced practitioner nurses and giving them more responsibilities because there’s a lot of stuff they can do that in a way is, frankly, cheaper than having a doctor do it, but the outcomes are just as good.”
The President’s prepared remarks focused on creating new incentives for colleges and universities to reduce tuition by using $150 billion in federal student aid and a system ranking colleges against their peers, with students who attend highly rated schools receiving more aid than those with lower ratings. “We have to upgrade a little bit the schools of nursing and make sure they’re properly resourced so that we have enough instructors,” Obama added.
Source: AANP Federal Legislative Update