Nurse practitioners as medical providers offer an option to patients that is far different that typical medical visits. When a medical provider comes from a nurse's way of thinking, the approach is different on many levels. There is a capacity for therapeutic communication and building an effective provider-client relationship that is satisfying and effective for the long term. An effective provider-client relationship is built on trust, communication, empathy, diligence in care and active listening. Holistic care that considers the whole person and the environmental influences on health are critical.
An effective provider-client is NOT built on how many issues are "allowed" to be talked about on any given visit, making people feel fear about being rushed or not being listened to, or by limiting the time for the visit because the primary outcome of the clinic is based on finances/numbers and not on the primary outcome of care quality.
Medical care is meant to be CARE. As a medical provider, NP's take pride in listening, caring and providing thorough care to their patients. More people need to learn about and understand the role of NP in our health care system. NP role is unique coming from a nurses mindset first and foremost, and is one of the most effective roles to have as primary care providers in our health care system.
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.