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Future Doctor Shortage. Should nurses allowed to play doctor?

Nurses practitioners will be handling routine care unsupervised.
Don't be surprise if your next prescription comes from a NP.


Asked by Anonymous at 7:21 AM on Apr. 25, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (46)
  • Why not? If, say, a psychologist who has a PhD can be called 'doctor' why can't an advance practice nurse who has a PhD? Anyone who holds a doctorate degree IS a doctor. Not a MEDICAL doctor, but a doctor in their field of study. Yes, there are nurses who hold doctorate degrees in nursing and ARE doctors. Best to  Ignore the fool!


    Answer by Sisteract at 7:39 PM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • Ya, I think it's terrible.Instead of seeing a REAL Dr. people may see a nurse or a student becoming a Dr. & that doesn't mean accompanied by anyone, what is happening? So I guess if we really want to see a Dr. we have to go to the emergency room?IDK; everything is changing.'

    Answer by Stefono at 7:30 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • i think nurses make a lot of the decisions any how. they see much more of the patient. when my son was in the nicu, the nurses basically told the doctors what to do.

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 7:51 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • Wednesday, April 14, 2010

    A nurse may soon be your doctor. With a looming shortage of primary care doctors, 28 states are considering expanding the authority of nurse practitioners. These nurses with advanced degrees want the right to practice without a doctor's watchful eye and to prescribe narcotics. And if they hold a doctorate, they want to be called "Doctor."

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:16 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • AP

    "The medical establishment is fighting to protect turf. In some statehouses, doctors have shown up in white coats to testify against nurse practitioner bills. The American Medical Association, which supported the national health care overhaul, says a doctor shortage is no reason to put nurses in charge and endanger patients.

    Nurse practitioners argue there's no danger. They say they're highly trained and as skilled as doctors at diagnosing illness during office visits. They know when to refer the sickest patients to doctor specialists. Plus, they spend more time with patients and charge less."

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:17 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • No.

    If they are 50 and have been a practitioner for 15-20 yrs., expand their responsibilities, under the supervision of a doctor.

    Otherwise, no!

    And don't call them doctors!

    Should have gone to medical school.

    Is nothing sacred anymore?

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 8:19 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • Nurses are the ones to blame for doctors being sued. They are the ones who give the wrong medicine, wrong dosages, misplace information, etc. They have to be supervised,

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:25 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • Nurse pract. are already doing this. They have their own offices and have a supervising doctor who reviews their files. This doctor may not be in the same office or even the same town. My dad, mom, brother, and SIL see a NP as their primary care giver. They are very happy with her care. She actually picked up a problem my dad has that the doctor who sent him for a CAT scan which was read by a radiologist missed. Rosanne caught the error of two doctors who are suppose to be the specialist in their fields. It's just one case, but it is positive. I wish so badly this ridiculous UHC had failed, but NP care isn't a result of that. NP care is a very common thing.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:34 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • Nurses who make mistakes are sued. Doctors who make mistakes are sued. Nursing education has been changing in the last 30 years so nurses are more independant, if we think the doctor is wrong we are not supposed to blindly follow the orders, but to question the doctor and go to our supervisors if we can not come to an agreement that we feel is safe.

    The entire health care system is broken. I do not believe that nurses are going to take over, HA, we don't WANT to! I can look in an infant's ear and say "it's red and there's fluid behind the eardrum, so go to the doctor to see what he wants to do about that", I can't by law say "he has an ear infection".

    Doctors are not trained in how to supervise nurses, but nurses are trained in how to deal with supervisors and doctors and physical therapists and ultrasound techs and and and cont

    Answer by kjrn79 at 8:35 AM on Apr. 25, 2010

  • umm NP's do scripts and see people now! They allways have. A scotor reviews charts a month of theirs. Usually the NP's are more thurough.

    Answer by mommymeg03 at 8:35 AM on Apr. 25, 2010