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Nurse practitioners are not a 'new approach'. Nurse practitioners have been practicing since 1965 and typically have been autonomous providers in the most rural and underserved communities where it has been traditionally difficult to attract physicians. As a post-Masters prepared Nurse Practitioner, I do not accept the misnomer of 'mid-level' provider. I am authorized to provide health care, to diagnose and prescribe independently and my license is my own and I do not practice under the authority of a physician. When I care for a patient with diabetes, congestive heart failure, or a patient on Coumadin, or anything else that may walk in the door of the ambulatory clinic I am in, I provide complete care for the patient, the same as a primary care physician. I refer to specialists as needed (NP, PA and MD specialists included), just as primary care doctors do. The term "mid-level- originated from physicians who sought to control NP practice. PAs may accept this name, I do not know, but most NPs I work with do not appreciate the label. There is not a single study that shows that nurse practitioner care is less than that provided by physicians, in fact, in areas such as patient education and patient satisfaction, nurse practitioners have had better results. I appreciate the attention this article brings to the current discussion about how to fill the increased need for primary providers with the Affordable Care Act, but NPS are not 'mid-levels'. You can call me 'high level' if you want since I have a post-masters and most NPs now will require doctorates, or just call me a nurse practitioner instead of some politically laden name like 'mid level', I don't provide half the care, I am not an 'appendage' of a physician, I am an autonomous and skilled clinician in my own right and different from a physician. I love my primary care practice, and with the Affordable Care Act I certainly look forward to being able to provide basic health care to a wider part of the population.
Anything vegan here?
Thanks! Going though it with an older child and it was helpful to re-read. Is "constapee" a thing? Funny.
Nurse practitioners are not a 'new approach'. Nurse practitioners have been practicing since 1965 and…
Anything vegan here?
Thanks! Going though it with an older child and it was helpful to re-read. Is…
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