NP VS MD?

  1. Aside from the obvious length of education what is the difference between a nurse practitioner and a physician?

    I was looking at the difference between a psych nurse practitioner and a psychiatrist and they both seem to do the exact same thing... the psych nurse practitioners maybe even do a little more since they have training in psychotherapy which most psychiatrists don't use.
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Pharmahaulic
    Anyone?
  4. by   Wile E Coyote
    Quote from Pharmahaulic
    Anyone?
    Nope. Many of us saw Jules A's now removed post, and took it as a heads-up.
  5. by   Sutty2002
    Are you looking at it as a professional choice or as a personal provider choice?
    Professionally, could act very similarly, but a psychiatrist , who would also be an MD, would be paid about 4-5 times more than a NP.

    NP might have more varied role, psychiatrists will most likely be focused on medication management.
  6. by   Buyer beware
    OP,
    Despite your faulty line of reasoning I don't think the psychiatrists are in danger of extinction.
    As far as Jules A's post being pulled, I have a suggestion.
    Maybe all taboo posts could be housed behind a jail cell like graphic and AN could charge a minimal fee to the less easily offended to view them.
    Last edit by Buyer beware on Jan 17 : Reason: w
  7. by   Horseshoe
    Dang, I missed it.

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