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To MD or not to MD

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So…I was reading this article over at DisabledVeterans.org:

Clinical Pharmacists Now Handle Primary Care For Veterans Affairs

http://www.disabledveterans.org/2016/10/26/clinical-pharmacists-now-handle-primary-care-for-veterans-affairs/#comment-30040

I decided I would ask a Professional Nurse what they thought about it.

My niece is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Princeton Baptist Medical Center and a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at UAB Critical Care Transport.

Here’s  a transcript of my comment and our interaction:

My comment:

I’m all FOR increased access but NOT AT THE COST OF REDUCED QUALITY OF CARE…No Pharmacist has the training of an MD. That’s why they have a

No Pharmacist has the training of an MD. That’s why they have a PHD after their name instead of an MD…

I love nurses…

They’re great people and those that go into the field usually do so from the standpoint of caring for their patients.

My niece is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Princeton Baptist Medical Center and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at UAB Critical Care Transport.

She transports critical care infants (usually in a helicopter ) and is eminently qualified for her job (getting critical infants to a place where they can be better treated than where they are..)

As a matter of fact, I would bet that most of the MDs that she is transporting kids too would flounder in the high-pressure atmosphere she operates in…(no pun intended ) She’s GREAT at keeping kids alive till they get where they need to be…HOWEVER, She’s still not an MD…

When she gets the kids to UAB Hospital, their care is turned over to an MD who specializes in Pediatric care ( probably assisted by other Pediatric Nurses that specialize in in-house care…) I sent her a link to this discussion and here was our interaction…

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