YOUR OPINION: Letters to the Editor April 7, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Rule restricting nurse
practitioners needs review
Residents all throughout the state should be alarmed by the new rule imposing sudden and severe restrictions on Mississippi-based nurse practitioners – a move that will limit patients’ access to the vital health care services they desperately need.
Nurse practitioners are highly trained and educated professionals. For decades they have practiced autonomously in 16 states and the District of Columbia, and the data shows they do so safely and effectively, with equivalent outcomes and often higher satisfaction rates than physicians.
For this reason, leading national institutions from the National Governors Association to the Institute of Medicine have strongly recommended that states ease restrictions on nurse practitioners, especially in places like Mississippi with many medically underserved, rural communities.
Today’s shortage of primary care physicians and the increasing demand for services – a result of the Affordable Care Act – necessitates that all health care providers practice to the fullest extent of their licensure and experience. Mississippi is taking a step backward at exactly the wrong time.
To protect Mississippi patients’ access to health care, regulatory entities must review this rule and pull back the added layers of bureaucracy that will impede critical care delivery.
Linda M. Watkins, DNP, MS, FNP-C
American Association of Nurse Practitioners State Representative for Mississippi

Remember right lane
in cell phone usage
Every day that my wife and I come up to the Barnes Crossing area from Verona we are blocked by drivers driving in the left lane who are at the side of someone on the right. The left lane is strictly for passing and not blocking.
It’s my understanding it is folks talking on their cell phones and making conversation. It’s your business who you make your calls to and I don’t mind if you drive while talking, that’s your business, but don’t drive in that left lane.
Years ago while my mother was here on earth and driving, she was stopped by a State Trooper for driving too slow in the left lane. He informed her that she needed to be in the right lane at her speed so that these trucks can pass her, otherwise, she will get run over. While there was no citation, the patrolman did a great job informing her about such safety rules as that especially that being my mother.
What my point is if you want to talk on your cellphone while driving, then do so in the right lane and use the left lane for passing only. As a reminder this is America and not Australia or England where it is just the opposite in driving.
Mark Lofton

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