Nov 2, '06
Quote from BSNtobe2009
Even though NP is a career I am considering, I think NP's and PA's are over-used in hospitals. They should never be used as a replacement for a doctor, because the fact remains, they don't have the level of education and experience that an MD has. It may seem on the surface they are doing the same thing, but it's a huge difference in understanding the theory and the underlying reasons for procedures, and you just cannot match that against what an MD does through to obtain his or her level of expertise.
I have no problem seeing an NP or a PA when I have a cold or something like that. I also think they make incredible supervisors in a hospital and be the right hand person of the attending physician under close direction.
However, I once heard a surgeon given an interview that summed up the skill very efficiently...."A appendectomy isn't a difficult surgery, the organ is easy to find, easy to remove, I can teach almost anyone with no medical training how to do one in a couple of hours....but it would take me 10 years to teach you what to do if something goes wrong."
I think it's very similar to the LPN/RN debate.
I wonder why you would consider becoming an NP when you don't value NPs? Do you really think it takes 4 years of undergrad, years of RN experience, plus 2-3 years of NP grad school to learn how to treat colds? I think you underestimate NPs.
Last edit by Multicollinearity on Nov 2, '06