Maybe I should've posted this on another thread, but that talk about nurses taking orders from NPs has got me interested in knowing how much NPs do in each state. Here in Canada NPs are independant practitionners usually working in Northern Rural communitites that can't support a doctor.
I am working further south right now where NPs are non-existant because they seem to lose all their authority once they get South. It REALLY bothers me because our town is notoriously short of GPs yet there has been no move to recruit NPs, only more doctors.
One small community a half hour drive from ours has no doctor. This is in the press all the time and they are desperately trying to recruit doctors. I know for a fact there is a NP there, but she works in our town as a regular RN. Does anyone else think this is ridiculous? Any suggestions for improving the public's notion of NPs so they will get over their MDitis? I just think it is a ridiculous waste of resources to be spending tons of money to try to recruit doctors without using the NP that lives there.
Sorry it's long-winded thanks for any replies.