I am so disappointed in the AAFP. Perhaps no other specialty works as closely together as NPs and family practice physicians. Up until now, I've generally come across very supportive family practice physicians of nurse practitioner practice. This is a slap in the face of sorts.
And now the original post: Another day, another article about nurse practitioner's filling roles traditionally held by physicians, and another physician-centric theme by organized medicine. It's nice to read an article with some NP input and perspective. However, here we see the proposal of a pyramid with a physician sitting atop to "supervise" and develop protocols. Does that even deserve any further comment?
I am not completely without despair though. I found a blog by Dr. Lin, Common Sense Family Doctor, and his recent post about Primary Care Dream Teams. Without specifically mentioning NPs, he captures the essence of collaboration and working together in the best interest of the patient, not the profession - I don't think that should ever become passé.