Nursing Covering More Health Care
By Deborah Yetter and Jessie Halladay, USA TODAY | March 11, 2010
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Each year, Wendy Fletcher says, she and two partners see more than 5,000 patients at their practice in Morehead, Ky. They are not doctors, but rather registered nurse practitioners who say they are able to increase access to health care and make it more affordable.
“None of us are trying to play doctor,” she said. “If we’d wanted to be doctors, we would have gone to medical school,” added nurse practitioner Melinda Staten of Louisville.