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Family Nurse Practitioner Vs Family Physician
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?
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
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
What is the difference in a nurse practitioner and a medical doctor. Both working in pediatric care and no surgical care?
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.
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
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?
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?
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Should new symptoms or complications be relayed to the family physician directly or the physicians assistant?
For pain management: Methadone can be used for pain management but not for opiate addiction. It is illegal to use Methadone for this purpose in a doctor's office. Only thru a Methadone clinic can Methadone be used for addiction. Suboxone and subutex are the only meds that can be used in a doctors office for opiate addiction and only by a physician that has had training and holds a special licence. ...Read more
All family: Doctors are pcp's, but not all pcp's are family docs...Some are internists, ob-gyn's and sometimes i even do this undervalued work. ...Read more
My family physician is not helpful but another doctor of any kind is at least a 40 min. drive away. Do I just only visit the doctor for emergencies?
Another try perhaps: I am sorry that you find you family doctor to not be helpful. Without knowing details, it could be many things, and being a doctor, I'd hope that he would want to provide you with good care. It is best to not wait for emergencies as your only point of contact with your doctor. It is better to have an established doctor patient relationship, so as issues, concerns arise, they are in context. ...Read more
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