Working with allied health professionals (AHPs)

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Allied health professionals (AHPs) are a growing segment of clinicians. This category includes:

  • Advanced practice registered nurses (APRN)
    • Certified nurse midwives (CNM)
    • Certified nurse practitioner (CNP)
    • Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA)
    • Certified clinical nurse specialists (CNS)
  • Physician assistants (PA)

If your practice or facility is part of the growing number of healthcare settings with AHPs on staff, it goes without saying what a crucial part of the healthcare team they are. However, it's important to keep in mind that the AHP-physician relationship has many complexities, chiefly related to 1) providing appropriate supervision and 2) ensuring that AHPs are practicing within, and not beyond, the scope of their license or the specialty of the supervising physician(s). Specifically, you may wish to consider the following areas:

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