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Advanced Nurses Lower Costs, Improve Care

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An op-ed by William Novelli: Studies find that Advanced Practice Registered Nurses who provide preventive care are as effective as primary-care physicians in accuracy of diagnosis and prescription. On indicators such as controlling patient blood pressure and glucose levels and reducing hospital readmissions, APRNs often score higher than physicians. Benefits to long-term-care patients managed by APRNs include fewer falls, fewer urinary tract infections and fewer pressure ulcers.