Nonetheless, thriving NP practices are mentioned and show the significant impact that NPs are making in the lives of patients and in the health care system.
I will mention it again as I've done countless times in my blog: NPs do not want to replace physicians and are NOT looking to change scope of practice (The presence of a collaborative agreement or not will have no impact on the quality of care I deliver but not having one in place simply renders me unemployed). I do hope that the vocal opposition eventually understand this so that we may begin to deliver care that is truly patient centered.
UPDATE: I did something that I told myself not to do: I gave in and read the "comments" section following the article. Wow. There really is a total lack of understanding about nurse practitioner practice, education, licensure, and certification requirements. So sad. We need to do a much better job so that the public understands who we we are, what we can and can't do and not be portrayed as a less than competent option.