So how can anyone here argue that APN's shouldn't at least be regulated by both BON's and BOM's as they do in some states? Many of you are saying is that you do both. If you do both, then doesn't it make sense that both regulate APN's then?
APN's are clearly practicing medicine. Remember that the DO's decades ago pretty much preached the same thing about looking at the patient as a "whole", etc. They even tried to create their own state boards. Look at what has happened. DO training today is nearly indistinguishable from an MD's.
Besides Mundinger's study which hardly holds any water, there aren't much data out there comparing NP's and MD's. What if the MD's start to get serious and start to do real studies? How confident are the people here that the studies will unequivocally show that NP's are just as good as MD's, even in all areas of primary care?
This is what people don't get. We have it good today. All we need to do is go to NP school for 2 years. I fear, and with good reason, that if the MD's start to really scrutinize the DNP and training we get, the training will get longer and harder. There will be more regulations, more cert exams, re-cert, etc. The same BS that MD's have to go through to practice. Is that the kind of regulation NP's want? Why do you think that the MD training got so long? Because it's heavily scrutinized field. A few people screw up and they tack on one more year of training for everyone. Something like that will happen to NP's if we allow these ivory-tower figures like Mundinger to lead us off the cliff.