In the November 2000 issue of the ARCHIVES, I was pleased to see that well over one third of the articles were authored by physician-nurse collaborators. As a pediatric nurse practitioner (NP) engaged in collaborative practice and research with an outstanding physician partner, I find the increasing prevalence of this kind of teamwork to be most encouraging.
Dr Smith's1 editorial, "The Art of Medicine," provided further encouragement. Dr Smith argues eloquently for melding the curative strengths and skills of the traditional medical field with the preventative strengths and skills that long have characterized the traditional nursing field. In fact, such a melding in primary care practice describes the NP field.
Wright Byrne W. Melding Fields of Care. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(6):739-741. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.6.739