This past week, Hartley Medical issued its May-June 2012 issue of The Hartley Standard – our bi-monthly newsletter. Our intent of these newsletters is to provide information that is relevant to the world of pain management. Rarely do we take a stance on a topic; but if we do, that stance has been, and will continue to be, taken in an article written by one of our staff members; not an article that was recycled directly from a source.

This being said, one of the articles posted in our In the News section sparked some controversy. This article, entitled “Reject Costly Pain Management Bill,” discusses a bill proposed in Tennessee  legislature  that would prevent individuals in Tennessee from receiving pain management services provided by certain health-care professionals; primarily certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs).  One doctor in particular expressed:

“[…] There is a significant gulf separating nurses from physicians in terms of education, training and experience. I have had the responsibility of working with a number of Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) in my career and have noted, more frequently than not, the information that they do NOT possess and the professional judgment that is lacking. This, of course, is a result of not receiving the astonishing quantity of information imparted during Medical School and Residency and of not being trained to practice Medicine independently as we are.”

We, at Hartley Medical, assured this doctor that we were neither advocating for nor against this topic of discussion, but rather providing an article that is currently at the forefront of the pain world today. We believe that some of the strongest conversations develop through opposing viewpoints on controversial topics.

Hartley Medical services a wide range of clients, which includes practices run by nurse practitioners. Information that may be relevant to those practices may not be relevant to others; some may even be contrary to the personal philosophies and practices of other practitioners. We trust, however, that no matter your stance, you’ll agree with the necessity of bringing topics such as these to light, if only for the sake of education and awareness.

We assure you that our purpose of the “In the News” portion of our newsletter is not to endorse or promote one particular practice or idea over another; we simply hope to inform our readers of the ever-changing world of medicine.  Whether this change is for the better is for the reader to decide.

This being said, we are interested to hear your opinions regarding this topic. To read the full article, click here. To view the May-June 2012 issue of The Hartley Standard, click here.

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