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HHS devalues role of Nurse Practitioners with their "Take a Loved One to the Doctor" campaign

May 11, 2002 -- The US Department of Health and Human Services ignores the contributions of Nurse Practitioners in its "Take a Loved One to the Doctor" Campaign, which aims to close the gap in health disparities among ethnic groups.

In phone calls with the Center, program officials justified the exclusion of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) by pointing to focus groups preferring use of the term "doctor," and declined to change the name of their campaign to include APRNs.

See a letter to DHHS from the Center's board member Jackie Campbell, Ph.D., RN, FAAN.

See studies that find care delivered by APRNs is equal to or better than that provided by physicians.

See the update on this campaign by clicking here