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Saving LivesWhy the Media's Portrayal of Nursing Puts Us All at Risk$
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Sandy Summers and Harry Jacobs Summers

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199337064

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337064.001.0001

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Advanced Practice Nurses

Advanced Practice Nurses

Skilled Professionals or Cut-Rate “Physician Extenders”?

(p.261) 9 Advanced Practice Nurses
Saving Lives

Sandy Summers

Harry Jacobs Summers

Oxford University Press

Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) provide care that includes tasks traditionally done by physicians. APRNs combine the holistic nursing care model with additional practitioner training. Research shows that APRN care is at least as effective as physician care, contrary to the claims of some physicians and their organizations. Hollywood depictions tend to suggest that APRNs are merely skilled assistants to physicians. Other portrayals show disdain; consider a joking suggestion on Disney’s Lab Rats in 2013 that one character was a nurse practitioner because he had flunked out of medical school. Other shows have suggested that ambitious nurses aim for medical school. Some news stories have given a sense of APRN practice, but APRNs are usually ignored as health experts. Other press accounts have wrongly suggested that APRNs can treat only minor problems. The news and advertising media often reinforce the idea that practitioner care is provided only by “doctors.”

Keywords:   advanced practice nurses, APRNs, media, nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists, research comparing APRN and physician care, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, quick clinics, retail clinics

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