Should there be more restrictions on the amount of care `non-doctors`, such as nurses, in pediatric offices, can give children?
CHICAGO - The nation`s largest group of pediatricians wants lawmakers to maintain limits on the kind of health care non-doctors, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, can give to children. The American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging its doctors to work to block legislation that would allow non-doctors to practice and write prescriptions independently and permit parity in insurance reimbursement.
Some non-physician caregivers, including nurse practitioners, already have succeeded in increasing their autonomy around the country. The academy`s policy, however, says the best care for a child depends on a team with a physician, preferably a pediatrician, in the lead...
I think that a doctor should be the one writing the prescriptions, but nurse practitioners are vital too. We still need nurses and surgeons assistants to complete certain duties so the doctors have the time to do the more urgent things, and the things that require more skill, time or training, like prescriptions.
I definitely think so. You always spend more time with the nurses than you do with the doctors. And -- to kind of skip around, but no really -- I don't even know why the dentist even bothers coming in the room half the time. They hygenist does all the work and then he comes in, pokes around for like a minute if that, says whether you're good or bad and then leaves. I know he does all the hard stuff... but the hygenist got all the gross work and then he gets to poke around a pretty clean mouth. Ok, way for me to vent. I'm done.
I don't know.. Sometimes it's hard to distinguish between NPs and "real" doctors, especially NPs that have been on the job for a long time. NPs know what they are doing, and should know what prescriptions you need. If not, they can always call in the doctor, but for most routine visits that's almost completely unnecessary.
No, I have had a nurse practitioner prescribing my meds for years, and I'm perfectly fine with that. I think nurses would actually be more qualified to prescribe medication because they are usually the ones that come in contact with the patients the most.