A Primary Care Debate: Nurses v. Doctors

With the shortage of medical personnel growing, will the nurse practitioner (NP) or physicians assistant (PA) replace the primary care physician in the future? Examining the growing independence of nurses under a microscope in our whitepaper.

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Nurse practitioners and physicians assistants have competently practiced under doctor supervision for over 20 years and already serve independently in many states. Recent educational requirements may force the medical profession to redefine the role of NPs and PAs, finally putting the controversy to bed. No answer will satisfy every stakeholder in this race, but the increasing need for more personnel in every facet of medical care is crystal clear.

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