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Yes, Nurse Practitioners Can (and Should) Make More Money than Some Doctors

Posted Mar 19 2010 12:00am

Nurses have battled the image of being doctor's helpers for so long and sometimes it seems as if we have broken through that barrier, and other times it feels as if we are being stuffed right back into that box.

Whether or not Congress ever gets the health care reform passed, there are many changes that must take place in order for the quality and affordability of health care to improve and meet the challenges of this new decade and beyond.

Nurse practitioners have grown to be one of the most well respected branches of the nursing profession and yet the public has yet to come to the same conclusion. Too many don't understand the vital role NPs play in health care today. Additionally legislation has held back the progress of autonomy for many of our colleagues and why should that be ?????

Recently, Sara Ellis at RNDegrees.Net posted a couple of excellent blogs dealing with issues facing nurse practitioners today. One is a response to a report on CNN about family practice doctors complaining that NP's make more money than they do. Here's a snippet of her comments...

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