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Do Nurse Practitioners Need A Doctorate
Depends on state law: The scope of practice for arnp's depends on the state where they practice, and they generally have to work in coordination with an md. Here in washington state, they are under the purview of the nursing board, not the medical board so that provides a degree of flexibility. I work with several very talented nurse practitioners and they fill a valuable role. ...Read more
RN vs NP: Np is a registered nurse who gets additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and usually work under the supervision of a physician. In some states they are allowed to work independently and write prescriptions. ...Read more
A lot: It also depends from state and particular hospital, grossly about $100, 000, but don't forget, there is a tough competition also. ...Read more
They are valuable : I don't think they should practice independently . They don't have the training to "replace" mds . We have too many professionals "practicing medicine" now days. I understand there are "shortage"and we want "options". ...Read more
No: Doctors (and presumably also nurse practitioners) need to have a license to practice. Malpractice liability insurance is purchased by doctors unless the insurance is too expensive, which has actually happened in some states, creating a malpractice insurance crisis . . . Meaning that the amount a doctor earns from providing patient care is not enough to pay malpractice insurance premiums. ...Read more
How qualified are nurse practitioners? I see an fnp when i go into docs for illness etc. I'm always nervous they will miss something or get it wrong.
Good question: Very politically charged question. Certainly depends on who you ask. Fnps have formalized training and certification testing. If you feel uncomfortable in a patient/provider situation you should consider finding someone else. We still have the freedom to chose for now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have worked with : Some really knowledge psychiatric nurse practitioners who knew their a to z's of medications. I suspect there is variability just as there is with physicians. If case is particularly complex - a psychiatrist may be a good option. Take care. ...Read more
Both: It doesn't matter. What matters is the person's skills, knowledge, personality, bedside manner, and teamwork. ...Read more
Location, location..: You'll need to check for your State's laws on this. Some may allow it, but many don't and it changes over the years. The professional will likely know or be able to find out easily. Best! ...Read more
Provide some care: A nurse practitioner (np) is usually a registered nurse (rn) who has additional training and experience in taking are of certain simpler medical problems and diseases, under the supervision of a physician. What a nurse practitioner can do depends on what the supervising doctor is comfortable allowing him or her to do. There are usually state laws that limit what np's are allowed to do. ...Read more
Patient care: Nurse practitioner operate under supervision of registered nurses and doctors. They provide general aspects of patient comfort and care but depending upon the jurisdiction do not generally give out medications or perform injections. They are a useful, albeit lower paid, part of the health care team. ...Read more
State by state: In many states, nurse practitioners can diagnose and prescribe appropriate medication treatments, some with physician supervision, some without. In other states, they can't. ...Read more
What can I do if a nurse practitioner wants to change my current medication and I don't want to have it changed. ?
Discuss: You have the right to ask why are things being changed ? All providers need to give you the information for change. Once you understand the reason for change then seek their input how the new meds would help. Then make a informed decision. If still not satisfied is ok to get a second opinion. ...Read more
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