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Sorry it has been awhile since my last post. I just came across an interesting video from MSNBC that talks about  how over the next 10 years, their could be a 40,000 shortage of doctors across America. Their solution? Have nurses take over some of the regular tasks of a doctor under the supervision of a doctor. Let that sink in for a bit. When you go in for a sore throat or a cough, its pretty straightforward. The nurse and the doctor most likely will diagnose and treat the symptoms the same way.

This will help alleviate some of the repetitive cases that require little effort to diagnose and treat. However, if it is something more serious I would rather go see a doctor and I think anyone would agree. I see a few problems with this though. Its a great idea but we have to hold these nurses at a new standard and responsibility. Nurses simply do not receive the same education as doctors do. That is a fact. Yes, experience plays an important role and I completely respect nurses by all means because I go to one of the best nursing schools in Minnesota (However, I am studying marketing).

Comment on what you think. The American Medical Association (AMA) has been confronted by nurses that wish to change the rules behind this new initiation of nurses treating and diagnosing patients. Some nurses wish to practice without the supervision of a doctor. I could see this playing out a few different ways: a patient comes in to get checked out and the nurse is unable to diagnose them. So the nurse refers them to a specialist. OR: a patient comes in to get check out and the nurse who is overconfident with their new entitlement/authority to diagnose and treat could misdiagnose a patient and create a very hefty and unwanted malpractice suit. Hmm, who takes the risk? I think both the nurse and the patient will be taking a risk. The benefit is, there will create a huge cost savings and doctors can focus more of their valuable time on more serious cases. It is a great idea, however there needs to be a standard for nurses. What do you think? Leave a comment.

Watch the video here.


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