Regarding Frank Cerabino’s column “Nurses pained about ‘Dr.’ bills,” the doctor-title bill before the Florida Legislature is unnecessary and counterproductive to the public health.
There is already legislation that precludes health care professionals from misleading patients about their title. This bill would require only advanced-practice nurses (not doctors of pharmacy, physical therapy, or psychology) to state, “I am a nurse practitioner.” This would create an unfair burden on the nurse practitioner and the patient.
The Institute of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, after much consideration, has stated that medical doctors and nurses should be equal partners. This bill does nothing to promote teamwork or acknowledge those nurses who have achieved the highest degree in their profession. Studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the British Medical Journal have stated that nurse practitioners in primary care provide care equal to that of primary care physicians and often spend more time listening to and educating patients.
This bill might cause some nurses to lose their license because of the third-degree felony attached. As mentioned in Mr. Cerabino’s column, the shortage of primary care providers restricts access to care for many. Nurse practitioners have been highlighted as a major solution to the doctor shortage problem. The best nurse practitioners – those who have attained a doctoral degree – would be wise to go to other states, where they could practice without the threat of felony charges for not using clumsy, confusing and awkward language when introducing themselves.
When I see my nurse practitioner, I will be proud to call him or her “Dr.,” and applaud their efforts to attain the highest level practice degree in their discipline.
Editor’s note: Ruth McCaffrey is director of the Nursing Practice Program at Florida Atlantic University.
job at tabloid
Is The Palm Beach Post a serious newspaper or a tabloid? The front page for a “38-year-old, college-educated bartender” who by the standards of many people is considered a loser (“Local bartender: I made Romney ‘47 percent’ video”?)
It brought tears to my eyes to learn that cruel, rich Mitt Romney didn’t even thank this “38-year college-educated kid” for a Diet Coke. Sniff, sniff. So, according to mom and dad, this “smart, very intelligent, very determined 38-year-old college-educated bartender” did the right thing? Even if it was a felony? And now the “hero” is waiting for a possible job with the Steelworkers Union?
I have a better suggestion. Why not apply for a job at those trashy magazines that run pictures of famous people in compromising situations, like showing their flab and their faces without makeup? He would have a great future there and would make mom and dad prouder than they are now.
Portman looking after
interests of all, or son?
While I can understand Sen. Rob Portman’s sudden support of same-sex marriage because his son is gay, I must question his years of service as an “elected representative of the citizens of the state of Ohio.”
If, during his time in office, he consistently voted against same-sex marriage because he believed that it was a position his constituency supported, then his new position is very personal and contrary to his sworn oath. Does his new position allow him to continue to claim to be a representative of his state or just a concerned father?
World’s moral code
not found in Bible
In his column about the upcoming Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage (“Sound of inevitability”) Cal Thomas refers to a book he describes as being in most motel room drawers, as the source of rules for living, social order, morality and goodness.
That disregards the many tribes and cultures that predated the Bible, each of which had rules for living and social order and definitions of goodness and a moral code. It also disregards the billions of families today who don’t have a Bible yet have no difficulty defining what is good and moral for themselves.
Mr. Thomas would prefer that the government impose his definitions of morality on all, but offers no logical reason other than reference to a book of myths that itself contains conflicting ideas of what is moral or good, even regarding issues like polygamy, killing and slavery.
on less government
I had to laugh when I read the article “Rubio urges appeal to ‘everyday people.’ ” While Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., insists that his opposition to gay marriage and abortion does not make him a bigot and deserves respect, the next sentence out of his mouth stresses the importance of conservatives getting their limited-government message out. Huh? What deserves government interference less than our bedrooms and our uteri, Sen. Rubio?
West Palm Beach
Time to look, report
beyond skin color
With regard to Brian Biggane’s article “Black participation in game still lags,” yes, there is an obvious lack of African-Americans in golf. This is newsworthy?
Golf has historically been referred to as a “rich man’s game,” which excludes not only many African-Americans but many whites, Asians and Hispanics as well. I’m not sure what Mr. Biggane’s point was with this article — except to incite more feelings of discrimination — but I wonder what the response would be if he wrote about the obvious lack of whites in pro basketball or football? Do the words “reverse discrimination” come to mind?
When will this division between black and white finally be a thing of the past, and we can just concentrate on who’s the best man for the job, regardless of the color of his skin?
Higgs boson not
worth research dollars
The Higgs boson hype is an effort to resuscitate the moribund particle physics industry (“Scientists confident of Higgs boson.”) Years ago a substantial majority of the world’s physicists declared particle physics “non-productive.” Accelerators, including the one in Tallahassee, were shut down. Money moved to productive research.
It’s no coincidence that the Fermi group outside of Chicago announced a Higgs boson discovery last summer. A Fermi renovation would suck billions of research dollars into a black hole. Spend the money elsewhere. Let Higgs boson and particle physics lie.
West Palm Beach
Last area needing
reform is Congress
What Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., submitted last week is not a budget. It is political brinkmanship. He can reword parts of his budget plan, but he cannot reverse the fact that President Barack Obama won the election, that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and that his arithmetic is incorrect.
Our deficit has been reduced somewhat, the unemployment rate has eased down a bit, the market is up and the only thing that has not moved forward is Congress. Real budget proposals can be approved, reforms can be made to our tax code and social programs, and at the same time expenditures can be reduced. All it takes is for our legislators to act like responsible adults. Ideology be damned. We need progress toward prosperity.
IRVING J. ALPERT
Mental health workers
need proper resources
I enjoyed the first installment of the series on mental health in Florida (“A system under stress.”) It opened up a world that few know about it, and it was refreshing to see how hard the people at the South County Mental Health Center work to help those with mental illness. It brought to light issues that those individuals are silently fighting daily.
This installment saddened me a bit because it showed how much work there is still left to do. I am frustrated that time and energy are being spent on concerning ourselves with proving that someone took a short cut or someone received money that should have gone to those who really needed help. I also feel sad for those who are working so diligently and are not given the proper resources to do so. I believe there can be a positive outcome. I wish I knew how.