Published on December 18, 2013 at 1:21 AM
The DCC credential helps to differentiate nurse practitioners with advanced clinical skills from those who are from DNP programs focused only on administration, leadership and health policy, Patricia Stark, DSN, RN, dean of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing, says in her essay, "Restructuring Healthcare: The GNE Initiative for Increasing the Supply of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses."
The effectiveness of advanced practice nurses also depends on how well health systems are organized within a community, Richard Cooper, MD, director of the Center for the Future of the Healthcare Workforce at New York Institute of Technology, argues in his essay, "The Three Ps of Primary Care: Professional, Pragmatic and Patient-Centered."
Services should be population-based, with medical practices centered around providing all services needed in a community rather than tethered to facilities that focus on specific treatments. States also need to permit nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their education and licensure, he says.
"In some circumstances, care teams will be physician-led and in others they will be led by nurse-clinicians," Cooper writes. "Ultimately, it is competence and collegiality within comprehensive treatment centers that will make primary care work for patients and providers."
SOURCE Columbia University School of Nursing