what are the differences between the jobs of Nurse Practicioners and Physicians?

  1. Nurse Practicioners and Physicians seem to do a lot of familiar jobs to me. For instance, NP prescribes medicine, does research, does physical assessments, diagnose and treat common illnesses and conditions, help patients manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. It seems like physicians do the same jobs as NP and nurses that have a higher degree than Associate of Science in Nursing. Can you tell me what are the differences between NP (or other nurses who specialize) and physicians?

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  3. by   angel337
    this may be a lazy reply but www.discovernursing.com has very reliable information about advanced practice nurses and nurses in general. you also have to remember that doctors have way more education than NP's and their scope of practice is wider.