Enough is enough- taking back our profession - page 3

the nursing declaration of independence the unanimous declaration of the 3.1 million nurses in the united states of america when in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one... Read More

  1. by   GilaRRT
    How about we focus on taking back nursing from ourselves? Many of our problems are iatrogenic.
  2. by   PintheD
    Interesting discussion. Thanks OP. I'm going to check out the NNU.

    Coolhand - "I have my pitchfork and my torch, where we headed?" Can't get the visual out of my head, nor can I stop laughing!

    kcmylorn - "poop spas" !!! So so funny, yet oddly accurate! Also, great post.
  3. by   zoidberg
    just to keep this rolling... in the current state of things, NP education is inadequate. Np's should not be set free to practice independently because they will attempt to practice medicine, not nursing. NP's education is inferior to PA education, yet they somehow think they are entitled to independence to practice "nursing" while they actually intend to diagnose and prescribe. NP's would function best and most safely as a PA does: a physician extender. If an NP thinks they can be a person's primary care provider after 1 pathophys and 1 pharmacology course with under 1000 clinical hours, they are delusional and dangerous. They will miss something and someone will die. While I plan on becoming an NP, I will work with an MD because
    i want someone who spent a decade learning about the human body and what affects it. I know some may say this is anti-nursing, but it it pro-nursing. If NP's stopped trying to gain complete independence, maybe the focus could shift to helping nursing reach its goals for nurse practice and patient care, not NP practice, which IMO should be managed separately.
  4. by   brainkandy87
    Yeah, I agree fully with benm93. I have the utmost respect for NP's, because it's not "easy" to become an NP. It's just not as difficult to become an NP as it is an MD. That being said, there's a reason why it's harder to become an MD: education. I think there are a lot of good NP's out there that have had enough clinical experience to be good independent practitioners (heck, I work with an RN that has been around long enough he could be an independent practitioner), but I think that's more the exception than the rule. NP's and MD's should figure out a better way to collaborate, not fight to see if they can even coexist.