Bravo to the author for presenting balanced information regarding NP practice. There are even quotes from Mary Jo Goolsby, director of research and education at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners:
"We're part of the health care team," said Mary Jo Goolsby, director of research and education at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. "Nurse practitioners take care of acute minor illnesses, but we also have long taken care of complex chronic conditions," such as heart disease and diabetes.
"We have the ability to recognize when something else is indicated and know when further" care should be recommended, Goolsby said. "There is a huge body of evidence that has looked at the quality of care provided by nurse practitioners, and it's considerably demonstrated that we provide safe, efficient, cost-effective care of high quality."