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Family Doctor Vs Nurse Practitioner
Should I become a physician assistant or family nurse practitioner (emergency focus) to work in the er?
Doesn't matter: Either one is fine. It really depends on your state's laws and local hospitals' regulations on how independent each can be and the prescribing rules for each. The training is different. An np needs to be an rn (with experience) first. A pa goes to school straight from college. There is a training period after each but that varies based on your specialization (e.g. Emergency). ...Read more
Would emergency medicine doctors in the ED rather work with a family nurse practitioner, acute care nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant?
What should i be looking right now at age 17, and in high school if i want to become a general practitioner or family doctor?
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My husband is coughing all the time he can't stop. He went to the doctor where a nurse practitioner told him it was allergies. I really don't think so?
Amount of training: Gp's are doctors who have completed on year of training after medical school (the internship or intern year), and then pass the national boards. Family medicine doctors complete 3 years of training after medical school, pass the national boards and the family medicine 'specialty boards' similarly, internists do 3 years of training in internal medicine, and pass nat'l boards + the int med boards. ...Read more
Almost the same: Their work is almost the same, but... Nurse practitioner has more independence at work, they can work alone and have their own practice, also they have more academical education, such as master degree. In comparison, physician assistant needs to work only under licensed physician, and his degree of autonomy at work would depends on the licensed physician he works with and his experience. ...Read more
Does it makes sense that I can only see a pain doctor once a year? The other times I need to see the nurse practitioner. Never heard of this.
I have been goin to see a nurse practitioner and been treated for Bv but keep giving me terconazole that don't work is it best to see a doctor instead?
Can a doctoral level nurse practitioner seek certification as a psychopharmacologist? Or, is that just for medical doctors?
No: There are basic psychopharmacology courses that nurses can take, but none offers "certification as a psychopharmacologist." being able to independently prescribe such medications also depends on the laws in your state. Psychiatrists have many years' specialty training in psychopharmacology, and on-the-job review of their cases. Also, ascp certifies physicians in "advanced psychopharmacology.". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the difference in a nurse practitioner and a medical doctor. Both working in pediatric care and no surgical care?
I have an infection in my toe accordng to the nurse at my school. Who should I go to for it? Should i go to my family doctor or someone else?
My family doctor did my yearly blood work. His nurse just called me and told me they found strep in my urine. What does that mean?
Bacteria in Urine: It is important to clarify what was meant by "strep in your urine". Most likely they meant that you have Group B Streptococcal Bacteria in your urine. You may either have an active infection or your urinary tract is colonized with the bacteria Antibiotic are effective treatment. This is a more serious issue if your presently or plan to get pregnant and this is not treated appropriately. ...Read more
Ent thinks I got lpr. Nurse practitioner at ent office says take 2 otc nexium (esomeprazole) 20 mg a day while my regular doc says just 1 then take 1 Pepcid whotrust?
LPR not GERD: LPR is irritation of the larynx from reflux of stomach enzymes or acid. Many patients do not experience heartburn. In our practice we recommend a 1 month trial of TWICE A DAY PPI prior to meals (Nexium, Prilosec) for LPR (usual dose for GERD is once a day). If symptoms improve, may extend for 2 more months, then wean. ...Read more
Should a normal urgent care physician assistant or nurse practitioner tell the different between pink eye and uveitis?
Depends : Uveitis requires a slit lamp biomicroscopic examination of the anterior and posterior chambers of the eye to make the diagnosis. Some ER's have these instruments. Pink eye, infectious or allergic, can often be made by history and external examination aided by a light source and magnification. A slit lamp is useful but not always required in an ER or quick care facility. So the answer: It depends. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My family doctor is a man and I am really embarrassed to tell him that I am hairy. So what should I tell him and how?
Talking to your Doc: I understand the emotions behind this question. It is commonly known that women prefer to talk to women and vice versa. But, two things can happen. You can be brave and bring up your concern with your physician and he may surprise you in his ability to discuss this without embarrassment. But, you could also find a spa that treats excess hair and find an expert to help you decide what to do next. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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