This chart accompanies the Policy Brief, Scope-of-Practice Laws for Nurse Practitioners Limit Cost Savings That Can Be Achieved in Retail Clinics. The brief compares the costs per episode associated with visits to retail clinics and non-retail clinics, and assess the impact that scope-of-practice (SOP) for nurse practitioners (NPs) has on cost savings that can be achieved by retail clinics.
  A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation survey of members of the online physician-only community, Sermo.com examined physicians thoughts about the effect of advanced practice nurses on access, cost and quality. 
Most opinion leaders express the view that there is a nursing shortage in America today.
Opinion leaders see cost/affordability as the number one issue facing healthcare today.
Examples of scope of practice overlap between physicians and RNs. 
According to Nursing Leadership from Bedside to Boardroom, 75 percent of opinion leaders say government officials will have a great deal of influence in health reform in the next five to 10 years, compared to 56 percent for insurance executives, 46 percent for pharmaceutical executives, 46 percent for health care executives, 37 percent for doctors, 20 percent for patients and 14 percent for nurses.
According to Nursing Leadership from Bedside to Boardroom, large majorities of opinion leaders said they would like to see nurses have more influence in a large number of areas, including reducing medical errors and improving patient safety (90%); improving quality of care (89%); promoting wellness and expanding preventive care (86%); improving health care efficiency and reducing costs (84%); coordinating care through the health care system (83%); helping the health care system adapt to an aging population (83%); and increasing access to health care (74%).
A survey of 100 primary care and specialist physician members of the online community Sermo.com that collected physician opinions about a range of issues related to nursing found that the majority of physicians believed that nurses should be required to obtain a BSN degree before being allowed to work in a hospital.
A survey of 100 primary care and specialist physician members of the online community Sermo.com that collected physician opinions about a range of issues related to nursing found that physicians think that physicians and patients should value availability of specialists and location/proximity highly when selecting a hospital in which to deliver and receive care.