NBC's "Today" Show Suggests Autonomous NP Care Presents Safety Risks

  1. On 11/14/2005 NBC's Today show did a piece on the growth of NPs and the reporter suggested "autonomous NP care presents safety risks." I didn't see it, but apparently the reporter quoted AMA president "Dr. Edward Hill" without giving the nursing point of view.

    The following site has a link to get involved in a letter writing campaign as well as view the video or read the transcript:

    http://www.nursingadvocacy.org/news/.../14_today.html
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  2. 39 Comments

  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    The "Today" show will probably get so much feedback that they'll feature "the other side" of the story.
  4. by   CardioTrans
    We are talking about this very thing in my FNP program. Someone found the link while looking at the link for the Grey's Anatomy section where the patients pain was controlled by porn involving nurses.

    To me, the Today show segment upset me more! Today show is reality, where Grey's Anatomy is not.

    The comment that the physician made was that the NPs were not competent to function independently in those clinics and were not as educated as physicians. Another physician made the comment that the quality of care from NPs was not as good as physicians. And there was a "customer" who made the comment that as long as she knew what was wrong with her, she would use an NP, otherwise she wouldnt.
  5. by   Kabin
    The first time I watched the video I didn't think it was too bad but afterward I realized the story wasn't balanced from the nursing side. On the second viewing I caught the reporter's slam comment: "this brings a whole new meaning to shop till you drop."
  6. by   tridil2000
    Quote from Kabin
    On 11/14/2005 NBC's Today show did a piece on the growth of NPs and the reporter suggested "autonomous NP care presents safety risks." I didn't see it, but apparently the reporter quoted AMA president "Dr. Edward Hill" without giving the nursing point of view.

    The following site has a link to get involved in a letter writing campaign as well as view the video or read the transcript:

    http://www.nursingadvocacy.org/news/.../14_today.html
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    I challenge every nurse who reads here to write to the Today show through this link and get at least 1 nurse friend to do it as well!

    Up to the challenge???!!!!
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Not really, i didn't see the show, i really don't have the authority to write the Today show on something i didn't see, nor have read about.

    Doesn't mean i'm not going to, just means there's not much i can do, till i find a site (not NA) that features the facts.
    Last edit by Marie_LPN, RN on Nov 19, '05
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I did not see the show either. I wish the American public would stop turning to stupid TV show and women's magazines for medical advice and information. It's so misleading and even damaging.
  9. by   Turd.Ferguson
    Either President Bush or Governor Schwarzenegger is behind this.
  10. by   NRSKarenRN
    Quote from marie_lpn
    not really, i didn't see the show, i really don't have the authority to write the today show on something i didn't see, nor have read about.

    doesn't mean i'm not going to, just means there's not much i can do, till i find a site (not na) that features the facts.

    see the film clip (if you have a pc) or read the transcript.
  11. by   willtm
    Quote from Turd.Ferguson
    Either President Bush or Governor Schwarzenegger is behind this.

    And you came to this conclusion based on....?
  12. by   Kabin
    Quote from tridil2000
    I challenge every nurse who reads here to write to the Today show through this link and get at least 1 nurse friend to do it as well!

    Up to the challenge???!!!!
    Done deal.
  13. by   willtm
    The transcript is there to read, I could could not get the segment to play, however. NBC is notorious for this type of story and have in the past purposely set the story up to add drama just for their own benefit with no regard to the effects on the viewing public. Perhaps if they had included a 30 second statement from the NP that gave her the flu shot it would not have been as controversial and news worthy, but it might have been balanced and given viewers a truer picture of what the minute clinics offer. My local CVS has opened one and I have checked it out. Since it is right around the corner and I have 2 small kids I may very well be using it this winter as an alternative to sitting in the MD office waiting room packed with other sick kids for an hour or more.

    As for the "cheap quickie" comments, it clearly degrades the clinics and the NP--by the way my local minute clinic is also staffed with PAs, which were not mentioned in the Today show spot. It's such a shame that providing convienient and affordable screenings, immunizations and diagnosis is degraded to a cheap quickie--health care does not have to be expensive to be good, unfortunately in the land of excess good and affordable to do not go hand in hand.




    Quote from Kabin
    On 11/14/2005 NBC's Today show did a piece on the growth of NPs and the reporter suggested "autonomous NP care presents safety risks." I didn't see it, but apparently the reporter quoted AMA president "Dr. Edward Hill" without giving the nursing point of view.

    The following site has a link to get involved in a letter writing campaign as well as view the video or read the transcript:

    http://www.nursingadvocacy.org/news/.../14_today.html
  14. by   smk1
    how about if i go on there with my story about visiting 6 (yes i said SIX!) M.D.'s within a 12 month period for horrible ear pain and sinus pain, and how EVERY TIME i ws diagnosed with a sinus infection, given antibiotics and sent on my way, no matter that this had been going on for MONTHS and i was trying to be pro-active by getting different opinions and none of the treatments were helping. Well one day i got an appointment with an NP mainly because i hadn't seen this pcp before and told here what had been going on and for how long and the other "diagnoses". She looked at me and said "honey, you have allergies, in order to stop the pressure and pain you have to get rid of the fluid buildup in your sinuses which is causing the pain, cold symptoms and dizziness. She prescribed claritin and an inhaler for my breathing issues druing allergy attacks, and i didn't have another problem. Now tell me that NP's are is inferior! I spent over 300 dollars in copays and lots more money on tests and drugs that were prescribed by the "superior M.D.'s, 6 of them rememer). the N.P. solved my problem in one meeting, whereas the doc's either couldn't "think outside the box" or just plain didn't care, not to mention that it couldn't have been a good idea for me to constantly be on antibiotics for almost a year for no real reason. (immunity anyone? have they never heard of anti-biotic resistant bacteria?) I am not saying that all Physicians are like this, and I personally feel that there are definite areas where an M.D. is needed at least for a consult, but then how is that different from the family practice M.D. that needs to refer out to I.M or another specialty?

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