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Seriously, the stories get better all the time. I was triggered to remember this story of my primary care practise being covered by a public health nurse while I was off for surgery. A public health nurse is a highly skilled and respected professional, but is not a Nurse Practitioner nor has the scope of practise to cover a Nurse Practitioner practise. Its unfortunate that, despite agreeing with me wholeheartedly that a PHN covering an NP was not appropriate, both our regulating body and our union did not support me nor enforce it when my employer at that time decided to proceed anyways with covering my practice with a PHN.
While I was off for surgery, the PHN that was assigned to cover for me was, to say the least, in a bit of an uncomfortable position. She contacted me by phone (while i was in bed recovering from surgery) to consult about the meaning of test results and how to interpret them and what action to take from there. By no fault of her own, she was placed in a difficult position by her boss, which was not a good scenario for her either.
As Nurse Practitioners, we need to band together to STOP the nonsense. There are too many stories from hundreds of NP's (not just me!) all across North America where the NP is not treated properly, not recognized for his/her scope and definitely not remunerated appropriately for the level of responsibilities that are expected!
If we look back in time, we can see definite patterns of where the source of issues can be traced back to, legal decisions that were made that led to misunderstanding of the role and where we are at NOW is definitely a SYMPTOM of where we have been and what we have allowed until now! Its time for CHANGE and if you are an NP who is ready to join a movement of NP's who are ready for change, then be sure to get your name and email into the system below and have your voice heard!
Yet another story that demonstrates how the Nurse Practitioner role is not known and is misunderstood in our health care system!
Its scary to me that I have been working my butt off as an NP now for 15 years and people still do not understand the role or how it fits into our health care system.... how can this be?
The issue is being boxed into a "mini-doctor" role in the back of a clinic. Patients and other providers and even employers will see an NP as just another "doctor" style provider if we are in those roles. THAT is the problem from all of these years! I was boxed in and misunderstood for far too long!
Anyways, its TIME for change, TIME for all of the BS to stop and time to move forward as unique providers in our health care system. We are not doctors, we are unique providers that have something far different to offer and its time the world realized this. Once the world realizes this, EVERYTHING will change!
As an NP, be sure to join the movement forward. its time to move our profession forward at a FAST rate and not spend another 15 years unknown and working like something we are NOT in a little box!
Diane Gudmundson Nurse Practitioner, Entrepreneur in Manitoba, Canada Irrationally Passionate about NP role, outstanding care for patients, supporting and promoting NP’s and with Fitness and Nutrition / disease prevention and de-prescribing!
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Diane Gudmundson has been an NP for over 14 years. She has a passion for the value and uniqueness of the NP role in our health care system.