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AANP Response to Comments on O’Reilly Factor

Dear Mr. O'Reilly,

We are writing on behalf of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners in the country. We are proud to serve as the organization's co-presidents.

Several of our members alerted us to the O'Reilly Factor show that aired on Tuesday, March 4th. During the program, you debated the Affordable Care Act with guest Ezekiel Emanuel and raised the issue of walk-in health clinics staffed by such clinicians as nurse practitioners. You said, "These are not doctors. If I want a strep throat diagnosis, I don't want Lenny who just came out of a community college."

We'd like to clarify the facts about nurse practitioners:

  • Nurse practitioners hold graduate degrees that offer the specialized knowledge and clinical competency required to practice in numerous health care settings.
  • Independent analyses by third-party organizations consistently confirm that nurse practitioners offer the same quality of care as physicians.
  • The National Governors Association, The Institute of Medicine, and other health and policy organizations, including the Heritage Foundation, recommend easing red-tape laden restrictions on nurse practitioners in order to improve access to quality, affordable health care.
  • Nurse practitioners are more likely than physicians to work in medically underserved communities and rural areas.
  • Nurse practitioners are trained to spot complex problems and know when to refer to specialists when other opinions are needed – just as any physician would do.
  • Seventeen states and the District of Columbia provide patients with full and direct access to all nurse practitioner services. Most of these states have had this regulation in place for over a decade and long before the Affordable Care Act.
  • Nurse practitioners provided more than 900 million patient care visits last year and have been a valuable contributor to health care delivery for nearly half a century.

We would be happy to speak with you if you'd like to discuss these issues further. It would be our pleasure to serve as a resource for the show and its viewing audience.

Many thanks for your time.

Angela Golden, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP
Kenneth Miller, PhD, RN, CFNP, FAAN




The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. It represents the interests of the nation's 189,000 NPs, providing a unified networking platform, and advocating for their role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized health care. The organization provides legislative leadership at the local, state and national levels, advancing health policy; promoting excellence in practice, education and research; and establishing standards that best serve NP patients and other health care consumers. 

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