American Academy of Emergency Medicine

Position Statement on Physician Assistants/Nurse Practitioners

Updated AAEM Position Statement on Physician Assistants & Nurse Practitioners:

  1. It is the concern of AAEM that emergency patients have timely access to the most appropriate and qualified practitioners.
  2. Emergency medicine physician assistants (EMPAs) and nurse practitioners provide emergency medical care as members of an emergency department team and should be supervised by a physician who is board-certified in Emergency Medicine (ABEM, AOBEM).
  3. AAEM endorses 100% on-site supervision of EMPAs and EM nurse practitioners by board-certified (ABEM, AOBEM) emergency physicians. These physicians should be permitted adequate time to be directly involved in supervision of care.
  4. As a member of the emergency department team, an EMPA should augment (not replace) the unencumbered access to quality emergency care provided by a specialist in emergency medicine as defined in the AAEM Mission Statement.

Approved 11/12/13