Jill Tucker, RN says:

“During National Nurses Week it is important to recognize the growing demand for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. Studies show that APRN’s can be as effective as physicians in diagnosis and prescription, at a lower cost. And with a growing shortage of physicians, particularly in rural areas, the need for APRN’s could not be greater. But various states still have laws that make it difficult for APRN’s to fully utilize their skills. Changes need to be made to Medicare regulations, hospital privileges and reimbursement policies which would allow these nurses to do what they do best: healing people.”
Advanced Nurses Lower Costs, Improve Care

Politico.com  May 6, 2013