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Keywords:

  • nurse practitioners;
  • advanced practice nurses;
  • nurse anesthetists

Recently in JAMA, a series of articles (Cooper, Henderson, & Dietrich, 1998; Cooper, Laud, & Dietrich, 1998; Grumbach & Coffman, 1998) was published about the growing trend of non-physician health care providers, such as nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives. In an article by a physician-led interdisciplinary team R.A. Cooper and colleagues wrote about the growth in numbers, scope, prescriptive authority, and independent practice of nurses.