Advanced Practice Nursing Articles

“I Promised Myself That It Would Happen” What happens when a will the size of Texas faces off with the great state itself.

American Journal of Nursing [Vol. 102, No. 10, pp. 106-7], October 1, 2002

It would be difficult to say where Sister Angela Murdaugh, MSN, RN, CNM, FACNM, has made a more profound difference: advancing the profession of nurse midwives through years of advocacy or improving the health and well-being of thousands of the nation’s poorest women and their children who have benefited from the Holy Family Birth Center […]


So you want to be a CRNA …

NurseWeek, May 13, 2002

A 17-year-old boy went into full cardiac arrest 27 years ago in the emergency room of a rural hospital in Missouri. Respiratory therapist Sally Bass Witkowski was on duty that evening, and the incident would change her life. “In 1975, my career goal was to teach respiratory therapy at the college level. I was working […]


U.S. Medical Needs Extend Past Physicans

Austin American-Statesman, January 17, 1994

With the above-the-fold Dec. 26 editorial entitled “Health care reform should draw doctors toward primary care”, the Austin American-Statesman joined the national chorus of plaintive calls for more physicians to practice primary care, as this nation faces an acute shortage of primary care providers in both the public and private sectors. Despite millions of federal […]


Nursing is nursing, not doctoring

The Wall Street Journal, September 23, 1993

Having practiced neonatal nursing for the past 13 years, I am continuously frustrated by this nation’s ability to cure 500-gram infants vis-à-vis its glaring inability to guarantee that the mother or infant will have access to basic, minimal medical care after the baby is discharged from hospital. Will the economically disadvantaged babies that I have […]


Empowerment of Advanced Practice Nurses: Regulation Reform Needed to Increase Access to Care

The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics [Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 193-205], February 1, 1993

[This policy article appeared in this law journal the same year that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Task Force on National Health Care Reform met. Task force members related that it was used as the resource bible on effectively deploying advanced practice nurses in a reformed system.The content is as applicable and relevant today as it was […]