Greetings from the previously-frozen-and-now-burning tundra!
First of all I’d like to say I love your blog! I can never get enough medically-related comedic relief.
As for my question… I’m currently a Registered Nurse with a BSN [Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing] and would really like to become an APRN [Advanced Practice Registered Nurse]. More specifically, a Certified Nurse Midwife [CNM]. Before I take the plunge and get my doctorate (by the time I go to graduate school they will likely require a PhD instead of Master’s) I would like some insight on the APRN-physician relationship. Do physicians enjoy working with APRNs and see them as a teammate, or do they view them more as a burden, another person to keep track of? In my area, I know most patients prefer to see a PA [Physician’s Assistant] or FNP [Family Nurse Practitioner] as they are easier to make appointments with and have more time to spend with patients, but I was also told in nursing school that my community doesn’t support CNMs. I know it’s not the same for every physician and every APRN but your personal experience, opinions, and any tips on gaining support from both the community and physicians would be greatly appreciated!
~I do have a tumblr account but I prefer to keep it anonymous so I will anonymously submit this using my real name.
Excellent question, Chelsey! I think it’s important for everyone to do some early preliminary research into the “need” and “perception” of their potential careers. (I wish I’d done so, personally — I might’ve decided to become a PA instead.) Here is my Fast Lane reply to your question.