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I have a friend who is a nurse practitioner.

You are familiar with nurses, right. They look after people in hospitals. Change bedpans. Wash people. Feed them. Change dressings and stuff.

Nurse practitioners are nurses on steriods. They have master’s or doctor’s degrees in nursing. They can diagnose diseases and prescribe medicines. They do the work of doctors and are supervised by doctors. Actually, they do the work that doctors don’t want to do at reduced wages.

If you are in a nursing home, your life will depend on your nurse practitioner. You will see your doctor occasionally and, of course, not during a charity golf tournament he is attending in some resort in Hawaii. You will see your nurse daily. But if anything goes wrong, it will be your nurse practitioner who will save your life.

She, and mostly it is a she, will be the one to see you once a week, monitor your progress, and tell the nurse on duty what to do.

I’ll bet you thought your doctor will come to your aid.

Not likely.

So when you are thinking about this medical care debate, you should realize that it won’t be a high-paid doctor hovering over your bed who has your life in his hands. It will be an on-call practical nurse who drives a Honda with three bald tires.


Written by Charles Keefer

February 10, 2010 at 11:04 pm

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  1. I’ll take a good pt or nurse over a doc any day…as odd as that sounds


    April 13, 2010 at 9:58 pm

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