My attempts to start a healthy dialogue regarding NP practice and Dr. Bob's 4/1/08 diatribe have failed:
"One nurse practitioner linked to yesterday’s post and attacked my formulation. At the risk of insulting her and her colleagues, I have worked with nurse practitioners and I believe that she and they overestimate their capabilities. The problem with mid-level providers comes from their lack of training in thinking about complexity. They do very well in routine care, but the big problems in medicine come from incomplete thinking about problems."
Thanks for not insulting me. And oh by the way, I'm not a female.
So much for a prime opportunity to discuss NP education and the like. So much for better understanding the working relationship between NPs and physicians. Oh well, I must return to counting tongue depressors now because that's about as complex as this clinician can get.