As a Nurse Practitioner, you never know how certain professionals in our health care system will respond to us being out there providing a private practise to the community. We know 100% that patients are very pleased with having options available for medical care outside of the "usual" system, but sometimes we don't really know how other medical providers feel about it. It was interesting that I got a call from a doctor I used to to work with several years ago. He is in fee-for-services practise and started the conversation with me by telling me that I was causing chaos in our health care system. It was hard to tell, but I initially thought he may be upset or accusatory about it....but that was not the case at all. In fact, he stated very clearly that he thought it was a brilliant idea! I was taken aback and surprised that he had that conclusion about our private services. He said that given that we are an uninsured service in the Province that it makes perfect sense to offer private options to the public. It was a very positive response and I thought that was interesting enough to share with the NP community. It was encouraging and enlightening to hear his perspective. As NP, we are excited and enthralled to be out providing care to our patients in a true patient-centered way and by giving them options, we are making them happy and as a result have repeat customers over and over again. It is very fulfilling to us as Nurse Practitioners to have the freedom and independence to be able to provide services in the way we know best and its nice to have the support of other medical providers in the system too!.
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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.