The American Association of Nurse Practitioners says it has a solution for Robert McDonald, the new secretary of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, which is facing a shortage of doctors.

Hire nurses practitioners who’ve received advanced graduate and often doctoral education and clinical training, it says. And allow the NPs, as they are known, to practice to the full extent of their education.

McDonald has said that one of the key factors in fixing the troubled department will be the hiring of an estimated 28,000 physicians, nurses and clinicians to handle the swell of returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, along with aging Vietnam vets who fill the waiting rooms every day.

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