Way back in June 2014 I blogged Nurse Practitioners: the best-kept secret in healthcare, including the excellent poster at right. On that day I gave the opening keynote at the annual meeting of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Afterward they sent the video for posting, and it got uploaded, but somehow it got lost in the shuffle. Here it is! (Email subscribers, if you can’t see the video and slides, click the headline to come online.)
This speech connects to the social roots of the e-patient movement, particularly parallels with the women’s movement, and emphasizes the patient’s view of the future of medicine: is it really a PROBLEM that we’re surviving long enough to have millions of elders with chronic conditions?? From the patient’s view, it’s great that we didn’t die young!
In hindsight this is one of my favorite speeches of all time – partly because the nurse practitioner philosophy embodies the best of patient empowerment, partly because they were great to work with as we prepped for the event, and partly because it’s awesome to get a standing ovation from 4,000 healthcare providers who really get it.
Thank you again, particularly to Deb Kiley, a NP in Anchorage, whose idea this event was, and who then organized my Alaska tour the following year, with her colleague Kathe Boucha. Now that’s commitment.