A Nurse-Physician Team Approach in a Private Internal Medicine Practice

Harold H. Gardner, MD; Ruth Ouimette, RN
Arch Intern Med. 1974;134(5):956-959. doi:10.1001/archinte.1974.00320230166030.
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Nathan the School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, in the July 1971 issue of the American Journal of Nursing, said:

The position has been taken by some that major reasons for the excess of demand for health services over supply is more the result of improper or ineffective organization of the services with the existing personnel than an absolute shortage of personnel. Should not professional nurses have the opportunity to increase the range of their performance to meet both their own personal needs for satisfaction and the needs of the population for health services? Many of the responsibilities now restricted by law and custom to physicians are not being met for all members of the population in need of services because of the alleged shortage of physicians. If it could be demonstrated that these would be met by professional nurses, I cannot believe that many would


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