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I think I was a bit juiced when I finally started working in the hospital as an NP and told I could visit the doctor's lounge. However, I work at a Catholic owned hospital so the freebies are kinda low rent. Soda's and some horrible snack foods, seriously unhealthy crap - not even bottled water.

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Palliative Care, DNP specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

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Our hospital system has providers lounges at the hospitals so MD/DO/PA/NPs all have access. That said some hospitals have better offerings than others. Mine has the equivalent of gas station sandwiches, cookies, sodas, bottled water, coffee. Another one I cover has buffet lunches. My hospital board does not have one NP nor PA member.

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I'm with you on not whining over insignificant issues however that this is such blatant indication of their lack of respect and one that has nothing to do with our abilities or scope of practice I'd be inclined to strike quickly and swiftly because it is the start of a slippery slope. If they take this lying down imo it sets precedence and opens the door for further steamrolling and disparity. This is going to ultimately be an indication of what power if any the mid levels have at this institution.

Although it sounds extreme as another poster mentioned if the midlevel group's demand to have lounge access was not met I would look for another job. There is no way I would accept this or be in support of spending one second attempting to find out what other facilities are doing to justify midlevels right to use the lounge. JMO

The disparity is already there... It's a weird thing. I know one place who does not let 'NP' and PA use the physicians' lounge, but let CRNAs do it. The same thing goes for parking space..

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Oh, I still feel weird getting into the gated lot too. But it sure is nice.

I am damn lucky.

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Riburn3 has 10 years experience and specializes in Internal Medicine.

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Oh, I still feel weird getting into the gated lot too. But it sure is nice.

I am damn lucky.

This for some reason was the least weird thing to me. My hospital has a segregated "Physician Parking Garage", but all middle and upper hospital administration use it as well. It seemed far more natural to me to have this perk than it does having anything I want in the cafeteria for free, plus access to all the lounges.

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canchaser has 20 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU.

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Mid west near St. Louis. Have access but at my other rural job while in orientation was told to stay out of lunch room until after 1 so as to not tick off the doctors.

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Why do hospital treat physicians as if they are kings/queens? Physicians' lounge, separate parking space! Are they more important than the other hospital staffs?

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Riburn3 has 10 years experience and specializes in Internal Medicine.

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It really boils down to providers being what conducts the train.

Although the lounge is kind of silly, parking at least makes sense. A lot of providers like surgeons, OB, etc need to be able to run in quickly in an emergency and it would stink if they're having to find parking in the process.

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ghillbert has 20 years experience as a MSN, NP and specializes in CTICU.

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Ooh I never even thought to ask if my new hospital HAS a providers' lounge... now I must find out.

I think it's very petty of the physicians to vote to keep NPPs out... very childish. What are they worried about? Or do they just want to be an exclusive club and feel more important? Ugh. Either way, a hospital that permits that attitude is not somewhere I would like to work.

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