Hollenbeck told lawmakers that in her experience it would be a mistake to not require the NPs to operate as part of a team, under the supervision of a physician.
At Jackson, operating independently led to missed diagnoses for heart
disease, diabetes, and asthma, among other illnesses, said Hollenbeck.
And when diagnoses are made, she said, the diseases are not monitored or
treated appropriately, resulting in the patient’s condition worsening.
Hollenbeck, who now works for the VA's Compensation and Pension
Service, said she also found that NPs will not update current patient
conditions, but cut-and-paste an earlier history or physical.
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