Lately I've been on a particular board dedicated to doctors and student doctors and there has been a lot of talk about/ a lot of fear about DNPs and NPs in general. Many of the doctors and pre-med students on the board have even discussed the idea that doctors should band together to not hire NPs, and hire PAs again.
I find this to be dismaying for me personally, as the fields I am interested in are all primarily geared towards NP rather than PA- peds, nurse midwife, neonatal, ect. However, I want to know what the nurses take to this is- are nurses going to be so aggressive that they turn the 'big dogs' of medicine against them? Will NPs attempt to expand their scope of practice beyond what is safe for patients?
I feel there is a place in medicine for midlevels, but midlevels aren't doctors, either.
NPs can already run their own clinics and work 100% independent of any MD, so I dont know that they can really hurt us that much.
Last edit by sirI on Dec 6, '07
: Reason: unnecessary input