Doctors vs NP's? - page 8

I hate to say this but I no longer like to see the NP when I go in for a doctors visit. I have noticed that doctors are much more secure with decisions and aren't so scared to prescribe something. I... Read More

  1. by   FolksBtrippin
    Your problem is not that your provider is an NP but that she is referring you to an endocrinologist.

    This has nothing to do with NP vs. MD.
  2. by   LucyLou88
    Low T treatment is not something generally done in general practice where I live. It's handled at hormone specialty clinics. If she didn't feel comfortable writing the script, then she did exactly what should be done, refer on. Even endocrinologists often shy away from it. My personal physician and the NP's in her office do not do hormone replacement. On the psych meds, no. You do not have to be psychiatrist to write for psych meds. We prescribe them in general practice, and in other specialties. As a nurse, I'm surprised you don't know this. If you seemed as angry in the office visit as you do in this post, I can see why she was concerned about your taking testosterone, and why she suggested a psych med.
  3. by   SpankedInPittsburgh
    HAHA!!!! Priceless
  4. by   LucyLou88
    Yes. Patients believe that there is a pill for everything. Are they wrong? No. There really is a pill for everything because it's big business. Huge profits for the drug industry, and the rest of it are little minions serving big pharma. I've been in NP school for a couple of years now, and will graduate this summer. We learn so many things, but at the end of the day, we practice medicine based on government and medical organization guidelines. The guideline is almost always as drug as first line treatment. Even obesity gets a drug now. Sad? Here some generic prozac. Wait, that's only a buck sixty, take this Lexapro instead! Constipated? Take this. Tired? Take this. So, we have trained patients to expect that the answer lies in a drug. Now they are furious when we tell them that their URI is viral, and there is no reason for an antibiotic. It's a quagmire. Somebody should probably tell the patients what all of their meds are doing to their bodies and minds. I was a an RN and holistic nutritionist before going to NP school. Can ya tell?
  5. by   SpankedInPittsburgh
    I totally agree!!! The proof is in the pudding so to speak. We take way, way more drugs than any other country and yet our results as far as any measurable outcome are not better. In fact they are often worse. We have been sold a bill of goods by big pharma and the legislatures that work for them
  6. by   Crystal-Wings
    I've never had a good experience with an NP, so if I go to urgent care and get seen by one I politely decline and tell them I'd be more comfortable seeing a physician instead and don't mind waiting.
    Last edit by Crystal-Wings on Jan 17
  7. by   Oldmahubbard
    Quote from Crystal-Wings
    I've never had a good experience with an NP, so if I go to urgent care and get seen by one I politely decline and tell them I'd be more comfortable seeing a physician instead and don't mind waiting.
    I am just curious, what type of bad experiences have you had with NPs?

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