n The Medical Board was persuaded to allow nurses to read ECGs, diagnose life- threatening arrhythmias, and administer emergency medications as well as defibrillation – a revolutionary step at the time. (www.cornell.edu)
In 1965… Dr. Loretta Ford, the cofounder of the first NP program, and Dr. Eugene Stead, attributed to be the founder of the PA profession, were NOT concerned about physician shortage but WAS concerned about the lack of primary health care services.
Opportunity: Plenty of pie! n Old thought –We are taking work (therefore income) from other healthcare providers, especially physicians. n New thought –We are creating opportunities to provide healthcare for populations that had no care or have not previously existed.