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In some hospitals, nurses are taking on a hospitalist role

from FierceHealthcare

Some smaller or cash-strapped hospitals that are struggling under the industry’s ongoing physician shortage are turning to nurse practitioners to fill in the gaps as hospitalists. Expanding the scope of practice for nurse practitioners and physicians’ assistants is seen as a way to make up for the decrease in primary care doctors. The Department of Veterans Affairs has taken the approach to allow for more timely access to care, for example — although there is a stark divide between how doctors and nurses feel about the move. more

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