Is anybody else tired of the nurse practitioner craze? - page 15

by WillRegNurse 63,256 Views | 161 Comments

Hi all. I am a new graduate RN who is enjoying his first job as a med-surg nurse. I don't know about everyone else, but I am so tired of the nurse practitioner craze that seems to be overtaking the newest wave of graduate RNs. ... Read More


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    I think it comes down to personal experience. For me, I like the nursing model over the medical model. Nurse Practitioners in my experience (both as a patient, colleague, and collaborated) have been more thorough and holistic vs. MD's. BOTH have a very important place, to me. I do think that to be an NP there should be a requirement of 5 years nursing or something similar. Just an opinion
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    Australian NP's by the time qualified must have at least 7 years nursing experience before they are endorsed by the national board. An NP's education, after the nursing degree and grad diploma in their specialty then they go for the Master degree in NP.

    An Advanced practitioner is not just advanced in theory and clinical experience during a course, but here experienced in a clinical care as an RN, is the seen the most important aspect of a NP in Australia and they are well prepared to hit the floor running in their new role.

    No such thing as a graduate NP, they are already experienced in their field. That''s were the full faith comes into seeing an NP here. You know he/or she has plenty of experience as an RN, already behind them.
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    No matter how proficient a nurse you think you are, you don't know what you don't know. Learning occurs through education and experience at the bedside. IMO, too many inexperienced practitioners are simply looking to jump to the next level, without putting in their time, and far too many programs make this possible. I could enroll for an NP program now, but with only 2.5 years at the bedside, how proficient am I, really? If you want to be a half decent NP, you should have at least 4-5 years prior to entering any program.
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    Hi everyone: I recently graduated with my FNP and I am working 3 days with a terrific family practice MD, and one day a week iin the urgent care at the hospital. Just a few thoughts:

    I became an NP because I love taking care of people. I love the autonomy, yet I always have back up from my MD, who I consider a mentor and friend.

    He is male and I am female. He now gives all his female patients the option of having their annual exam with me---so far, all the female patients have opted for me doing their annual. I asked him about this, and he said, "you did 200 hours of women's health and OB, that's more than I did in medical school---you enjoy women's health, and having you here in my office gives my female patients a choice, and I am very glad for that". So are the female patients.

    I don't feel like a second fiddle, and I know I am not a doctor. That is okay. It is important to not get your ego wrapped up in what you do for a living. I understand and accept the fact that there are patients who would rather see a doctor. That is fine with me.

    Several of the doctors in our area bring their children to me for their care. I am honored and humbled that they have faith in my skills.

    In the urgent care clinic, I have had patients ask me if they can come see me for all their care---I let them know that yes, they can come see me in the family practice office. I have also had patients get angry with me when they disagree with my plan of care, or diagnosis, and say right to my face--"you're not a doctor, you don't know anything". That's okay.

    Medicine is a very subtle, very subjective process. I have known providers of all stripes who had terrible clinical skills but great bedside manner, and patients flocked to them. I have also known providers who had amazing skills, could save your life, but had terrible bedside manner and therefore patients hated them.

    Go to who you like, trust, who you can talk to. Go to who you have easy access to. I agree with above posters that without NPs and PA's, access to care would be worse than it is now. Other countries have utilized NP's for years with excellent outcomes, and I believe that "mid-levels" are here to stay. I had 7 job offers before I even left school, at every location where I did clinicals. These offers came from physicians, not from administrators, all of whom loved having PA's and NP's working for them and with them. I am always shocked when these "anti-mid-level" comments come from nurses, who, after years of experience will finally appreciate that having an MD is no guarantee that you are gifted at caring for others!
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    From the JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION


    Primary Care Outcomes in Patients Treated by Nurse Practitioners or Physicians
    JAMA Network | JAMA | Primary Care Outcomes in Patients Treated by Nurse Practitioners or PhysiciansA Randomized Trial
    Last edit by sirI on Jan 27, '13 : Reason: TOS
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    Sad comments from the OP. Sounds a bit catty and judgmental to me.
    Completely disagree. Medicine is so individual... to say one would never see a particular clinician because they seem roleless and don't have MD behind their name... yikes. Guess what, lots of mediocre doctors out there too.
    Of course, I don't entirely agree with the premise that to be a good NP means you have to have several years experience as an RN. The roles are profoundly different. The training, decision making, scope are all so different. Sure, it's probably good to have some type of experience under your belt. That's the argument PAs make as well. Yet, the true training and growth occurs after you graduate. One could even argue that for family practice, an MA brings better experience to the table than a hospital bedside nurse. They do a lot of delegated tasks in the clinics and are trained and mentored by family practice clinicians.
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    TraceyMarino - BEAUTIFULLY put. You show what a good attitude and education can produce, and I'd be perfectly fine seeing you as a primary (even as a guy). Thanks - It's easy to forget that an NP is still an RN- and that image needs to be upheld and improved, not pulled down and chopped up. It's even more sad that it's our own fellow nurses that is chopping it up Those who are not in healthcare or nursing see us tearing each other apart sometimes and I'm sure that's hurtful to the image- and yes, image IS important. We will get there, especially with nurses that are compassionate, caring, educated and professional. Thank you!!!
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    Thanks Bri--just starting out, I am finding the job tough. Patients and other providers tend to "second guess" NP's and PA's, even when their diagnosis and treatment plan are correct. I have to chart more thoroughly, examine more thoroughly, and document and craft my plan of care more carefully than MD's. I am beginning to appreciate why so many NP's and PA's get frustrated with working as hard or harder than their MD counterparts, while getting paid less money. Focusing on the real reason I do what I do helps keep me sane!
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    Quote from TraceyMarino
    Thanks Bri--just starting out, I am finding the job tough. Patients and other providers tend to "second guess" NP's and PA's, even when their diagnosis and treatment plan are correct. I have to chart more thoroughly, examine more thoroughly, and document and craft my plan of care more carefully than MD's. I am beginning to appreciate why so many NP's and PA's get frustrated with working as hard or harder than their MD counterparts, while getting paid less money. Focusing on the real reason I do what I do helps keep me sane!
    "Second guessing", I think, can also be looked at as questions, or testing a provider new to the practice. I do locums and there is sometimes a testing period in a new job. I try to listen and consider what people are saying and incorporate into my assessment and treatment plan. Getting support for your thinking can help too. I think especially when you are new it is good to be very thorough. Surprising other providers have time to "second guess"..(maybe they should mind their own business or they aren't busy enough..
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    Quote from joanna73
    No matter how proficient a nurse you think you are, you don't know what you don't know. Learning occurs through education and experience at the bedside. IMO, too many inexperienced practitioners are simply looking to jump to the next level, without putting in their time, and far too many programs make this possible. I could enroll for an NP program now, but with only 2.5 years at the bedside, how proficient am I, really? If you want to be a half decent NP, you should have at least 4-5 years prior to entering any program.
    You know what? That's very nice if you get hired straight out of nursing school. I searched for my first nursing job for 6 months and then went back for my NP. I just refused to keep sitting on the shelf letting my degree and education go to waste. And I am getting offers for NP jobs. I'm sorry if that doesn't meet with everyone's approval. I'm way past caring.


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