Monday, December 6, 2010

Health reform will bring need for more nurses in Oklahoma | NewsOK.com

More Oklahomans could soon hear: “The nurse will see you now.”

The prescription for hospitals and doctors' offices, which will get even busier as health care reform brings millions more people to their doorsteps, may be highly trained nurses with greater authority.

Those nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and be full partners with doctors as health care reform collides with an aging population and a reduction in primary care doctors, according to the Institute of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“This is such a historic, monumental prescription for change,” said Marvel Williams, the dean of the nursing school at Oklahoma City University.

“I know there will be some people out there among other health care professions, particularly, who are a bit nervous about the role nurses are expected to take, based on these recommendations.”

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