Nurse Practitioner Case Study

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Nurse Practitioners in Canada: a Benefit or a Liability?
The role of nurse practitioner in the Canadian healthcare system is relatively new compared to the traditional roles of doctors and registered nurses, and as with any new role, there are people who oppose the changes and others who appreciate them. Some members of the public and the healthcare system believe that the addition of the nurse practitioner (NP) role is an unnecessary change and liability to the system because it blurs the line between a doctor and a nurse; this is because nurse practitioners are registered nurses with additional training (usually a masters degree) that allows them to expand their scope of practice into some areas which can be treated by doctors. Other people feel that nurse practitioners can help provide additional primary care services, while bridging communication between nurses and doctors. There are always legitimate challenges to be overcome when changing a system as complicated as healthcare,
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Unfortunately, as every Canadian knows, money is not limitless. Therefore, in situations where nurse practitioners can provide the same necessary treatments as a doctor, the nurse practitioner (whose fees are lower) should be used; doing so would also allow the doctor to attend to the more complicated cases that their extensive training prepared them for. Furthermore, there are remote and rural regions in Canada that have difficulty obtaining medical resources. Although nurse practitioners do not have the eight or more years of medical school and residency that doctors have, as discussed above nurse practitioners are capable of providing many of the emergency medical services a person might need. In an emergency situation, a trained healthcare provider who can meet most needs is better than no healthcare provider at
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