Deans Flotte and Seymour-Route tout the role of advanced practice nurses in meeting primary care needs

By Jim Fessenden

UMass Medical School Communications

July 30, 2014
Graduate School of Nursing Dean Paulette Seymour-Route, PhD, RN, MS
Graduate School of Nursing Dean Paulette Seymour-Route, PhD, RN, MS

School of Medicine Dean Terence R. Flotte, MD, and Graduate School of Nursing Dean Paulette Seymour-Route, PhD, RN, MS, explain that better care and lower costs can arise from teamwork between physicians and advanced practice nurses, in a Worcester Telegram & Gazette article about the increased demand that changes in health care have placed on physicians in Central and Western Massachusetts.

Both physicians and advanced practice nurses could broaden the scope of their practices by providing complementary services, suggests Dr. Flotte, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor in Medicine, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine.

Responding to the growing role of advanced practice nurses, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing recommends that they have doctoral degrees instead of master’s degrees, and the Graduate School of Nursing at UMMS is quickly adapting to those changes.

“Starting a year from September, we will be admitting our nurse practitioner students only into a clinical doctorate program,” Dr. Seymour-Route told the Telegram & Gazette.

Read the full Telegram & Gazette story: Trend sees advanced practice nurses sharing doctor caseloads