Friday letters: Nurses prepared to address crises

July 19, 2013 

Stephanie Burgess’ July 12 column, “Nurses can help solve pending crisis,” presents a bleak picture of the health-care landscape for South Carolinians.

Fortunately, advanced-practice registered nurses stand willing as licensed, educated providers to address this crisis.

As Dr. Burgess reminds us, the Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report, “The Future of Nursing,” lists as its No. 1 recommendation the removal of scope-of-practice barriers. The committee explicitly makes these recommendations to five essential influencers of health care: Congress, state legislatures, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Office of Personnel Management, the Federal Trade Commission and the antitrust division of the Department of Justice.

Executing this single recommendation would contribute to a brighter panorama for South Carolinians. Yes, removing the barriers for 2,500 advanced-practice registered nurses can help solve this pending crisis, by promoting parity within an interdisciplinary framework where all providers are engaged to the full extent of their scopes of practice.

Kahlil Demonbreun

Orangeburg

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