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"I'm A Physician Not A Provider" Article Review  | Nurse Practitioner Reacts

"I'm A Physician Not A Provider" Article Review | Nurse Practitioner Reacts

A recent article came out called “I’m a Physician, Not a Provider”. Written by Diana Londoño, MD on July 27, 2022 on KevinMD.com. In the article she elaborates on the term Provider being offensive to physicians and confusing for patients. This article has spread amongst the internet and youtube worlds and many physicians have weighed in on their feelings surrounding the word provider. overwhelmingly, the term provider seems to stir up negative connotation amongst the medical community. Many in the medical community feel that the term provider has no use in the healthcare systems, and I have (shockingly) a different viewpoint. Today we will read through the article and provide some different viewpoints from the stance of nursing.

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  • Posted on Sep 21, 2022 at 02:16 am

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  • Posted on Sep 21, 2022 at 03:03 am

    I’m sorry but in my “pharmacy world” experience, I have never NOT called someone a doctor when I knew that is who I needed or who I was talking to. BUT—— when we get an inordinate number of scripts written like a kindergartner penned them or, worse yet, entered into the computer by someone who is clearly going to “blame the computer” for their own inability to find something as mundane as amoxicillin and yes, we have the responsibility to verify what we are doing if it is unclear and if unsure who even wrote the script from a clinic with 8 doctors, 3 PA’s or NP’s etc guess who I am asking for – the provider for that patient – because I might not know who it is. And maybe if the Dr wanted to be called doctor maybe I would if i could tell…. What the heck. People called me ‘blond pharmacist’. Or ‘the lady pharmacist’ or other lovely sayings. Guess what….. I didn’t write to the APhA to yell about it….. granted they are useless. It totally different topic…. Practically no one is being “demoted” to provider to be insensitive or devalue anyone’s education and training. Good grief. Some of these are the same ones who send nonsensical prescriptions with comments “do not call our office for anything”. but when there is a legitimate concern they call you names and act like you are attacking them rather than looking at things in the perspective of “we’re all in this together” (did I just quote High School Musical…………). Been a long day…

  • Posted on Sep 21, 2022 at 03:18 am

    I also agree about who gets called “doctor” in healthcare setting though. Find it confusing if pharmacists – mostly “doctors of pharmacy “ now as that is the only degree now – call themselves such to patients in a setting where there are doctors/physicians in the building. Let’s just eliminate confusion. People don’t understand the difference.

  • Posted on Sep 21, 2022 at 03:23 am

    I see an NP by choice and have for years. She sits down and takes her time. Of course, my mom sees a physician in the same practice and she has been his patient for 30 years and he sits down with her. My NP handles everything, including my annual exam. In my experience, I have received better care from NPs and PAs than any MD. Did these drs throwing a fit not go into medicine to help people? I don’t trust anyone who thinks he/she is better than anyone else based on being in school. How many times do RNs catch MD mistakes? I respect nurses who put up with cranky patience at the bedside far more than an MD who doesn’t even enter a hospital room.

  • Posted on Sep 21, 2022 at 03:48 am

    I LOVE YOU NURSE LIZ! Literally just got home from the hospital and so happy to watch your video!!!!!! You make my heart happy😊
    Does anyone else work in a hospital where everyone from CNA's to MD's wear the exact same uniform with a badge that gets turned around backwards? The patients literally have no idea who is coming and going. Seems like the doctors would be concerned about that!

  • Posted on Sep 21, 2022 at 04:06 am

    Diana: Alert & Oriented x 0

  • Posted on Sep 21, 2022 at 04:11 am

    It is like calling patients "healthcare consumers." Just neoliberalistic fall out. Don't hate the player; hate the game.

  • Posted on Sep 21, 2022 at 04:24 am

    @Nurse Liz, I can see the discontent with being referred to as “Medical Provider”. This title ambiguously lumps together the many medical professionals with 1/3-1/2 the education/skills required of a physician. A physician’s position needs to be delineated as such due to the leadership role in Modern Medicine.
    It can be likened to calling an Engr, a Technician or lumping together, a School Principal, and a School Counselor, and a School Nurse, as “Education Providers”. The insurance companies and their MBA prepped CEO’s that are all about money, probably coined the word, “Provider” for financial reasons.

  • Posted on Sep 21, 2022 at 07:29 am

    My dermatology office has physicians, NPs, and PAs who are all very capable of performing a yearly skin check-up, and I don't care which one I see. When I call and make an appointment, I'm going to ask for the PROVIDER who is available the soonest. My insurance only pays for physicians to remove suspicious moles, so if I'm calling to schedule that I will ask for the PHYSICIAN who is available the soonest. Why is it offensive to be lumped in to a group that all have training to do some similar things. If I need a physician, I'll ask for one. If you are a physician, I'll call you one. But if I need a physician, NP, or PA, I'll ask for a provider. Being a provider doesn't take away from also being a physician.

  • Posted on Sep 21, 2022 at 07:54 am

    Physicians are the only group of professionals that refer/call themselves to their Academic Title (doctor) not their LICENSE (physician). Nurses go by their LICENSE (LPN, RN, etc), and physicians hate on nurses that have extra credentials after their name, (references their education, like critical care nurse, etc).

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