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Re: [IP] correction
On 13 Sep 00, at 17:54, Brian Carter wrote:
> Also remember that a NP (Nurse Practitioner) is a different profession
> than RN an RN only means Registered Nurse and starts out with an
> Associates Degree there are bachelor degrees, Master Degrees and
> Doctoral/PHD in Nursing and a RN can also specialize in a certain area.
> There are also Physician Assistances which are up there with NP. and when
> it comes to Education allot of people here know that more school does not
> equal more knowledge exp. in the area of Diabetes.
In Kentucky, the ranking follows a slightly different path than described
here. A Nurse Practitioner begins by getting an RN certificate with a four
year degree, and then follows that by getting a Master's degree with
additional clinical practice and board exams. A PHD in Nursing generally
leads to a teaching or research position. RN's and Practitioners can
specialize in Neonatal, Rural Health, Cardiac Care and other areas by
getting further specialized training and certification.
Physicians Assistants are in a different area altogether - their training
more closely resembles the medic or corpsman training given in the armed
forces - I have a friend who was a Navy Corpsman for several years and
when he came out of the Navy he was already qualified to be a PA. He
works for another practice in town and I've seen him a couple of times when
my doctor's been out of town.
My doctor has a Nurse Practitioner working for him, and when I go in to see
"the doctor" I usually end up seeing her. She's more familiar with my day-
to-day medical condition than my doctor is.
Both NP's and PA's are considered to be working "under the supervision" of
a doctor, although in practice many of them are under rather loose
supervision. NP's can write some prescriptions, while PA's are more limited
in that area. Given the way that the medical system is mutating, the lines
are blurring betweent Doctors, NP's and PA's - Doctors are getting less
training in some areas and NP's and PA's are getting more training...
Rev. Randall Winchester
WD4HVA (email @ redacted)
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