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Nurses as partners in care

Vol. 4, No. 5 / May 2005

Many thanks for your warm welcome to me and my advanced practice nurse colleagues (Current Psychiatry, January 2005).

Nurses and physicians have long been partnering to care for patients with mental illness. Old habits die hard, however, and much needs to be done professionally and collegially to address boundary issues and physicians’ concerns regarding nurses with diagnostic and prescriptive authority.

Cathy Phillips MS, CS, APRN-BC
Lanning Center for Behavioral Services
Hastings, NE

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