Saturday, July 31, 2010
Nurse Practitioner Says "I'm No Physician Extender!"
I was over at Kim's place at Emergiblog and she has a great post about Physician extenders. I, of course, put my two cents in on the subject.
It still amazes me just how little people understand about how we take care of patients. The term Physician Extender gives people the impression that I am hanging onto my collaborating MD's elbow waiting for him to approve my every decision regarding my patients. Most of the time, he has no input at all. If I need some advice, I will ask him to review a chart or come into a patient's room with me and we discuss the case like two intelligent individuals. In fact, he sometimes (imagine that!) even comes to find me for advice as well.
I don't understand why doctors and nurse practitioners and physician's assistants can't all just work toward the same goals for patients. Yes, I know that there is an educational difference. Yes, I know that I didn't attend medical school for as long as you did. Yes, I know that some of the old schools docs still think that I am pretending to be a doctor and that if I wanted to treat patients in the same capacity that I should go to school to "be a real doctor".
Enough already! Get over the fact that we are already doing pretty much the same care with the same quality outcomes. No, I don't want the same money for the job. I don't have the exact same education, so I don't deserve the exact same pay. Oh my gosh! Did I just say that?
All I want is to be recognized as the primary medical care provider that I am. I am a great listener and I am continually learning and adapting to my surroundings in the field. I love my job and would like to be allowed to practice to the maximum capacity of my abilities for one ultimate goal...
Great patient care. 'Nuff said.
Posted by NPs Save Lives