Sorry for the provocative title
I'm mostly curious what your responses are when a patient asks you:
- "Why did you become an NP instead of a doctor?"
- & "What's the difference between a NP and a MD?"
During my clinical rotations (which are now COMPLETE!! Just waiting for that diploma), I've answered these questions ad nauseum to patients who were interested in my training. After giving a clever, premeditated answer that is both thorough and informative, it is still followed up by, "so you were an RN and now will be a nurse practitioner soon: are you going to go to medical school next?" & "what's the difference?" DOH!
Maybe my response isn't as clear as I'd like. Or maybe I'm just fighting the good fight against misinformation of NPs and it's just going to take more time. Either way, I'd love to hear how you respond to these questions!
I just want to say that I always, always choose NP's over MD's for my own healthcare. I find NP's to be more thorough, knowledgeable (about the latest advances etc.) and I feel like I am listened to better. I had an NP tell me of a drug interaction that no other healthcare provider I have has an issue with....I thought it was awesome that he was so up to date on all of the latest information etc. Ok thats all. People are ignorant, If it were me I would probably reply with "Why didn't YOU".
Last edit by Glycerine82 on Aug 6, '13