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The Pediatric Forum
June 2001

Melding Fields of Care—Reply

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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(6):741. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.6.739

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When I read the letter written by Dr Byrne I quickly looked at the date. I thought it was written 35 years ago. I, apparently mistakenly, believed that the value of the services of advanced practice nurses, including PNPs, had been well documented and accepted both by patients and health care professionals. When I read that some in medicine still cling to the rigid boundary and turf rhetoric, I was both saddened and outraged. If we were truly interested in the best way to provide safe and cost-effective care to the majority of our population we would stop writing editorials like "The Art of Medicine,"1 and instead turn our attention to the "Art of Providing Care" and promoting the working together of all health care professionals, drawing from the skills, knowledge, and goodwill that each has to offer. The time to end nonproductive views is long overdue.

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