Is anybody else tired of the nurse practitioner craze? - page 13

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... Read More

  1. by   w158jld
    Bronze1, I am sorry you feel this way. It is obvious you are a new nurse because you are uneducated/ inexperienced as to what nursing is. I am an ICU nurse and about to be an adult NP. There is a huge need for NPs. We are not a physicians assistant and we are not a RN with a script pad. We take bedside nursing and combined it with advanced medicine to provide a holistic care. It is a very exciting time for nursing and advance practice because we are expanding our scope and growing constantly. There is a large demand for more health providers and the public's expectations are continuously growing. RNs and NPs need to rise to the occasion and provide high quality, patient centered care. As a nurse you should be motivating yourself and coworkers to advance yourself and the nursing profession, not slamming it! I urge you to educate yourself on the scope of NPs because many do procedures and they are far from "role less." I bet you many patients would prefer their NP over their PCP because they bring more to the table. The ignorance in this post is insulting, especially coming from a "nurse"
  2. by   w158jld
    Donnacarol, Did you not have to do clinical time? I had to do 700 plus hours. Although I agree the NP program could be approved upon, I am scared to think your education did not require structured patient experience?
  3. by   hiddencatRN
    This thread is nearing its 3rd birthday. I know I would hate to be taken to task for something I said 3 years ago...
  4. by   futureeastcoastNP
    Old thread, but I read through a few pages and wow.

    All I can say is that I'm sure to all those patients who avoided a 2 hour drive to the nearest FQHC, only to be turned away due to over capacity, are appreciative of the NPs who decided to open up rural health clinics nearby. As more states grant autonomy to NPs, this will become an even more common occurrence. NPs have a very clear and important role in the healthcare system.
  5. by   zenman
    Quote from mslove
    whenever I go to my doctor's office I see the NP. I rarely see the MD anymore. I think they play a good role as a doctor substitute in the PCP or office setting.
    I go to a community health center to see my primary care NP. My former MD saw her last patient at 2pm and I can see my NP after hours. In fact I have an appt today at 5:15pm.
  6. by   stickit34
    I think that NPs are the perfect blend of compassionate nursing care and medicine. I haven't seen any articles showing evidence that NPs provide inferior care to patients. And truth be told, NPs and PAs are the future of primary care, especially with the changes in the healthcare system.