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Penn Nursing Hosts Governor, Hears Plans for Healthcare Reform


    The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing hosted Governor Edward G. Rendell as he presented details of his “Prescription for Pennsylvania” statewide healthcare initiative at a news conference on January 18, 2007. The School of Nursing was one of only three locations chosen by Governor Rendell where he discussed his plan with the public. The plan:

    • Allows NPs to do what they are trained to do to lower costs
    • Requires every hospital ER in PA to have non-emergency care clinics run by NPs, nurses, & physicians assistants
    • Offers incentives to federally qualified health and nurse-run clinics to stay open nights and weekends
    • Puts premiums on people who use ERs for non-emergency care to discourage going to the ER for minor problems

“This is a historic moment for nursing. The governor’s plan promises to change the way nurses practice so that they use the full range of their skills and education.”
- Dean Afaf Meleis


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