To the Editor,
Re: Nurse practitioners hope to ease pressure on health-care system, Nov. 3.
What simple minded, egocentric, entitlement addict even questions making use of nurse practitioners?
The very statement “what happens when something goes wrong?” insults the competence of every nurse, every doctor, every specialist and every hospital administrator in the province.
Competently managed medical centres have an escalation methodology. No medical professional, no matter how specialized, knows everything. Everyone has a limit to their capabilities, and every competent professional realizes when those boundaries are being crossed. Nurse practitioners are no different.
Medical services need to be optimized to deliver maximum benefit for minimum cost. The success of that optimization should be reflected in the tenure and compensation of the management involved.
If that means expanded use of nurse practitioners, reigistered nurses, licensed practical nurses or even volunteers straight off the street, so be it.
The only thing that matters are the results: quality, effective health care at a reasonable price.