Health care providers scrambling to find more nurses are calling Novak, a vice dean at the UTHSC's School of Nursing, asking to hire recent graduates or even partner with current students so they can work part-time while finishing their classes.
Physicians must be the backbone of such a complex system of care if it is to be cost-effective. Otherwise, the state’s efforts to increase preventive care, improve medically necessary treatment for the chronically ill, and reduce inappropriate emergency department utilization will falter. Physicians also play an important role in helping develop and partnering with the public health system. This partnership can enhance local coordination of care, disease surveillance, access, and health promotion.