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July 8, 1968

The Pediatric Nurse-Practitioner Program-Reply

JAMA. 1968;205(2):117. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140280071030

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To the Editor:—  Evaluation of the pediatric nurse-practitioner program has been an important and on-going part of the project since its inception. The results to date have been presented in part and are being prepared for publication. The findings were not spelled out in our article (204:298, 1968) because they did not appear appropriate in a discussion which described the training, role development, and physician acceptance of the pediatric nurse-practitioners and summarized their functions, activities, and performance in a number of different settings.It has been found that association of a pediatric nurse-practitioner with a pediatrician in private practice provides the physician with at least one third more time than he formerly had for patient care, reading, attendance at meetings, and for other purposes and results in wiser use of nursing skills in patient care. One of us (L.R.D.), a pediatrician in private practice, has had a pediatric nurse-practitioner