Do you (Active NP's) feel respected by MD's/DO's/PA'S

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    Hi all. I am in my second semester of an FNP program. I have worked around many many NP's during my RN career and never noticed them being treated differently among providers. As I have looked into the "climate" regarding NP practice, I have noted this strongly negative view being spewed from physicians and their advocacy groups. These usually regard the lack of training and safety issues with NP's (always without evidence-based research to support the claims) as reasons to discredit practice.

    My question for you working NP's: do you feel respected in your profession? Do you feel like you are allowed to work within the full scope of you knowledge? Thanks in advance!
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    No problems whatsoever. Yes I feel very respected. And no offense but why would PAs not respect us? In my practice, the NPs, PAs all do the same thing.
    KansasFNP and sirI like this.
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    Personally, I have no issues with physicians (MD/DO) or other fellow APRNs including PAs. There is mutual respect.

    I think the majority of disrespect that I've witnessed is pretty much online. I ignore 99.99% of that.
    Tinabeanrn, KansasFNP, and traumaRUs like this.
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    I've worked in teaching hospitals in all my years as a nurse practitioner thus far. As such, I've dealt with different providers from physicians to PA's to other NP's. I've also worked with medical students as well as physicians who are residents and fellows. The prevailing climate in my experience is that everyone knows what a nurse practitioner is. Yes, there are times when you sense a bit of jealousy from medical students and residents but in every situation, there is always respect for each profession. For the most part you hear things like "you guys chose wisely because you get to play doctor with such a short educational path", or "you guys make that much money? wow!". One must also realize that a certain level of respect is earned and one way is to prove to physician counterparts that we are also knowledgeable and competent in the respective specialties we are involved in.
    VTach2013, KansasFNP, and sirI like this.
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    Last ED I worked in ran with NP and PA staff, PA or NP ran immediate care area, and PA or NP worked the ED side. They rotated from ED to Immediate care. Both were pretty hard core and had the respect of everyone.
    KansasFNP likes this.
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    I feel very respected and appreciated in my division. In my hospital, there are some divisions that are not as good as mine is about encouraging independant practice and utilizing us appropriately. Mine is excellent and I feel very supported and respected.
    KansasFNP likes this.
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    No issues.


    Remember that respect is also both earned and related to the respect you show others.
    KansasFNP likes this.
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    I've never had any issues with other medical providers, just from administrators who thought we were cheap labor.
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    In general I am respected. There are occasional MDs who don't care for NPs, but some who have seen my work have changed their minds (hurray for them keeping an open mind.)
    Tinabeanrn, KansasFNP, and traumaRUs like this.
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    You all are GREAT! Thanks a million for the responses. This is very encouraging to hear. I try not to pay too much attention to all of the hooplah regarding this topic but ran across the American Academy of Family Physician statement about the "danger" of NP's in practice and it led into a frenzy of research about feelings of other healthcare providers in regards to the NP role. I have never in my life seen a more immature and disrespectful display!


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