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NP's, do you like the term provider?

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Which do you prefer?

  1. 1. Which do you prefer?

    • Call everyone by name, even if its takes longer.
    • Provider
    • Medical practitioner
    • Mid-level
    • Other

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I am wondering if the term "provider" is acceptable for NP's. I know it is ideal for PA's, NP's, and Physicians to be referred to by their title, but what is the best way to refer to them as a group? I struggle with this at work as I take emergency medical calls and don't always know if I will be connecting the patient with a physician, NP, or PA. I have met several doctors who cringe when they hear the word provider. I have also met some NP's who don't like to be clumped in with PA's for whatever reason.

My personal pet-peeve is the word mid-level! No PA or NP is a mid-level unless you consider the sharp critical care RN's who's observation and suggestions have saved many doctors from inadvertently killing a patient a low-level provider.

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 27 years experience.

Any of those suggestions are better than physician extender which sounds nasty!


Has 25 years experience.

On my list of 10 things I worry about, this is around 14 or so........


but I will rise to the bait! I suppose provider works in the ED/UC, it's also easier on staff to just say .....the provider will be in... Rather than worry about if it a PA, NP or MD, and I must recognize my lonely eye with the DNP's who introduce themselfs as DR. In the clinical setting, I have not yet made a firm internal decision on that one.

in the academic/inpatient setting my chief is a Professor of Surgery and great sort, very easy to work with. My patients know she is a doc, that I am a NP, and we are all spokes on the wheel. It's about the patient, and not what I am called though I am known by my first name and that I am a NP. That is what I like and the patients seem to like it as well which is what it's about!


I agree with Allen. I answer to a lot of different titles and I don't lose a lot of sleep over it.

I always introduce myself as "Scott and I am a nurse practitioner who works with Dr.----" From that point on I go by Scott.

People in the practice often refer to me as Dr -----'s nurse practitioner which doesn't bother me but it drives my doc nuts because he thinks it makes it sound like he owns me.

I don't refer to anyone as Dr. unless it is a physician or in their professional area (e.g.. A PhD in the classroom)

My work calls all of the NPs, DOs, and MDs "providers" when speaking about us as a group. I don't have a problem with it