I'm writing in response to the article in the April 10 Outliers section (p. 48) regarding nurses' march on Capitol Hill. It's unfortunate so many missed the point.
I would like to clarify a few issues. First, nurses, with or without "white uniforms and caps" are professionals who have earned the right to present themselves in the manner that conveys the most professionalism and inspires the most confidence from the public.
Second, as nurses, we do not recognize being able "to perform many medical tasks doctors used to perform" as professional advancement. We take pride in being able to address the emotional, social, pathophysiological and technical needs of patients during an episode of acute hospitalization. In the ambulatory setting we preach health maintenance and disease prevention.
Third, it has been documented that advanced practice nurses offer both quality and cost-effective care. And in all settings we pride ourselves in our role as patient advocates.
The article's commentary, insinuating that nurses are experiencing an identity crisis and undermining our efforts to protect the public from unlicensed personnel, was truly a disservice to the healthcare community.
GINA A. NEGRI