I keep receiving long and involved comments from mostly medical students to tell me why nurse practitioners should not do what they do. The latest was one from someone at University of Connecticut. I trashed the comment, and will trash all further comments regarding MD superiority in all ways to us measly little nurse practitioners.
As I started to read this comment from the, I assume, med student at University of Connecticut (God forbid if it was an instructor!), I realized that I don’t have the time or energy to keep responding or even acknowledging these types of comments. The treatise was pages long, rambling, incoherent in many respects and about equal to what a high school student would put out. I pray that his term papers for med school are a little better put together.
In the end, I didn’t even get through it all, not interested in reading why all the studies I had put forward (I had not included any studies by nursing researchers, of course) did not apply. If it didn’t fit with their world view, it was obviously a trash study.
Now, I have never indicated that NPs are better than MDs, only excellent in their scope of practice, which overlaps to some degree with the role of a primary care MD. I never said we were more intelligent or superior, or out to take the place of MDs. I only state, as I believe most NPs would agree with, that we are a part of the health care team, filling our niche in a positive way for the patients.
We need all the good health care practitioners we can get, MD or NP, or PA for that matter. In the end, it is the patients who decide what practitioner they want to see, and any person who walks around with such a God Level 5 attitude, is not going to be liked by the patients, either. This is not the 1950’s anymore.
So, to all of those med students who have HOURS to put together comments about how puny they think NPs are in response to my little blog, and who have probably never even touched a patient yet, I suggest they get out their Harrison’s and get back to studying. They also need to realize that it is the registered nurses in their rotations who are going to be their best teachers, and they should probably get off their high horses and be a little more humble. If it is an already practicing physician who makes those comments, shame on you. NPs are just part of the team, we are not after your job. Sheesh! There are plenty of sick people to go around.
Remember, we are there for the patients, we are not supposed to be there to stroke our egos. So, get on with your med school and strive to be the best physician you can be, and I will continue to strive to be the best nurse practitioner I can be, and the patients will win as much as we do.