Besides the whole nursing vs medical model (treating pt vs disease), do you think hard-core science prerequisites (org chem, biochem, physics, etc) is what differentiates medicine with advanced nursing? Do you think this puts advanced nursing to a disadvantage?
I often time hear that APRNs practices "routine care" via protocols, dealing with common chronic and acute diseases while MDs handle more "complex cases." Which is why I understand why insurance companies refer to NPs as midlevels.
I do not like this.
Do you think premed/hard-core science prerequisites should be taken by students panning to go into advanced practice?
cayenne06, "MDs go through training that RNs and APNs cannot even imagine...", please explain? First, it is wrong to club RNs with APNs, and it has been stated several times in this forum that beside the keyword "nursing" in their titles, there is nothing in common in their training and experience. APNs are highly trained professionals and their experience is more like of MDs since they diagnose and treat the patients independently without any direct supervision, which is why states like Kansas and New York are passing the bills to let NPs practice without any collaboration with physicians after 2000 hours of their service.
Further, more and more NPs are voluntarily taking USMLE3 ...
Also calling NPs as mid level is a big mistake because their malpractice insurance is pretty high because of their scope of practice.
Last edit by mahaandai on Feb 11, '14