Why should the term "Nurse" in NP be demeaning?
We have had so many strong nurse leaders in our profession - here are some of my faves: Lillian Wald, Margaret Sanger, Bobbi Campbell, Mary Breckinridge (please google these people if you don't know who they are!), and many contemporary nurse leaders making a huge difference in the world. They are researchers, they have founded clinics, they are advancing health policy. It is partly because of their legacy that I am proud to have the NURSE in nurse practitioner and to consider myself a nurse.
I would also stipulate that as nurse practitioners, we do incorporate elements of the nursing approach and philosophy into our practice. It reminds us to focus on the patient's response to illness vs. being trained solely in the medical model. I would argue that it is partly our roots in nursing that allow us to be such skilled educators and primary care providers.
Being connected to nursing also helps us integrate more smoothly into global health arenas. PA's do not have an international equivalent, which can make finding this type of work a challenge. For example, doctors without borders can accept advanced practice nurses but not PA's.
Our job is to improve the image of nursing, share our stories, talk about the great work that nurses do every single day, and educate the public about our role as nurse practitioners.
SkiBumNP, I am curious to hear more about why you feel the way you do? I am sure there will be a lot of perspectives on this.