A Day in the Life of an NP: The Struggle for Understanding

“I have strong reservations against Nurse Practitioners.” This statement was one of the first things that came out of my physician’s mouth when I told her I was a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I was her patient sitting on the exam table, fully clothed while she clicked away on a computer, typing in questions I had just answered on a survey. She never touched me nor laid a stethoscope on me, yet she claimed she knew more than a Nurse Practitioner due to her many years of schooling. At this point, I thought that I should probably change physicians and run out of the office.