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A Nurse May Soon Be Your Doctor


“28 states are considering expanding the authority of nurse practitioners”

“And if they hold a doctorate, they want to be called “Doctor.”

“Medicare, which sets the pace for payments by private insurance, pays nurse practitioners 85 percent of what it pays doctors”

“The health care overhaul law gave nurse midwives, a type of advanced practice nurse, a Medicare raise to 100 percent of what obstetrician-gynecologists make — and that may be just the beginning.”

“The American Nurses Association hopes the 100 percent Medicare parity for nurse midwives will be extended to other nurses with advanced degrees.”

“I don’t think patients are ever confused. People are not stupid,” said Linda Roemer, a nurse practitioner in Sedona, Ariz., who uses “Dr. Roemer” as part of her e-mail address. ”

And my response to all this:  Why even bother going to medical school anymore?”

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  1. hickchick
    April 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    You should really leave the nurses and nurse practitioners alone.

    First, it smacks of sexism.

    Second, it kind of comes off as sour grapes that they are carrying so much less debt than you.

    Third, women, in particular, have been so marginalized by their own health care providers that these nurse practitioners and midwives provide a service that doctors have refused to fill.

    I understand your irritation, but you should stop pounding it in.

  2. medicinesux
    April 24, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I assure you this is not sexism and I also refuse to ignore what is turning into a very troubling scenario. Nurses play an important role in the delivery of healthcare when they work in a “nursing” capacity. However, when a certain segment of nurses continue to push their job boundaries outward into those of a physician, I see this as a serious problem. If you want to practice medicine, go to medical school and do a residency.

  3. SKB
    April 25, 2010 at 12:37 am

    medicinesux, haven’t you previously expressed the sentiment that you wished you went to nursing school instead (to become a CRNA)? If you had gone down that path, would you still feel the same way about this issue?

    I don’t mean to be antagonistic; I’m legitimately curious. I’m a nursing student who agrees with you on this issue; it makes nurses look like “doctor-wannabes” instead of people with a legitimate and important role in health care.

  4. medicinesux
    April 25, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    SKB, I do not ever recall stating that I wished I had gone to nursing school instead. If anything, I am eagerly trying to GET OUT of American medicine entirely.

  5. NDMB
    April 28, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I have to agree with your argument about “Noctors.” While they are important and essential workers in health care, there is a line to be drawn between the type of work doctors can do and the type of work nurses can do. Otherwise, you’re right, why bother going to medical school anymore? Why even have doctors and nurses? Why don’t we just equalize all the jobs and call each other “health care workers” instead? Like I read on MD Underground as well –> Does that mean flight attendants will be able to pilot planes too?

  6. May 2, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Well in my experience nurses often do more of the work and know as much as doctors on many occasions anyway – often more helpful. Nurses (male and female) generally need to be better paid and better recognized for the amount and quality of the work they give/do.

  7. hickchick
    May 11, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Given the pic you included with this (and other posts on the subject), it’s hard to take your assertation that “this is not sexism” seriously.

    And really, “If you want to practice medicine, go to medical school and do a residency.” Isn’t this the system that you’re preaching against?

  8. May 16, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Hickchick, get over yourself. Check out my twitter site and see what the noctors are up to on a near daily basis.

    Oh, and medicinesux is spot on. No issues with sexism there.

  9. hickchick
    May 23, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    I think it would be a good idea if medicinesux explored some common ground with “noctors”. It seems like they both have problems with the current system.

  10. Ivy
    June 22, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Nurses ARE doctor wannabes. Sorry. Not all of course but the ones who think they know more than the doctor in charge. They want the power and not the responsibility. AND they give the female doctors hell when they can. AND there are male nurses. I know this is a very general and broad sweeping statement so please forgive me. But I don’t think it’s a case of sexism here.

    • Nursessuck
      May 26, 2012 at 7:21 am

      I completely agree, most nurses I work with are too stupid to know that they dont know. I stopped a nurse from ordering a MRI with contrast on a cancer pt. when asked if she read th dr. Order she said not really and didn’t see why the contrast would make a difference( they pt cant get radiation with contrast in the system). When demanding she look at the order it specifically read without contrast. Yeah nurses should be doctor when they go to med school.

  11. Mike
    December 29, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    The above comments are both frightening and show just how little the public knows when it comes to medical education. A US trained doctor (MD and DO) goes through several more years of education and THOUSANDS more clinical hours then DNP nurses go through, in fact physician assistants (PA’s) beat DNP’s when it comes to clinical hours during their education. The subtle nuances and minutiae of proper medical care and diagnosis can only come through the thousands of hours of clinical exposure that medcial school and residency provide, there is no substitute. The fact that DNP’s want to claim parity with physicians is laughable and only harms the patient. I am not saying nurses deliver bad care, they are VITAL to the medical team, that is when they act within their SCOPE.

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