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I switched to a Nurse Practioner and I couldn’t be happier October 23, 2017

Posted by mariemanthey in Inspiration, Professional Practice, Values.
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I am now in the care of an independent Nurse Practioner,working in a Nurse Practioner Clinic within the U of Minnesota School of Nursing and I couldn’t be happier.

The difference in my experience between a humanistic Internal Medicine MD and my nurse practioner is noteworthy.   I was in the care of my primary care physician for many years and I had selected him  because I knew of his humane approach to his work.  He examined me fhrough the lens of either my symptoms if I had a health problem, or through the tasks of the annual physical   Sometime during the visit, he always asked if there was anthing going on in my life I needed to talk about.   I know he cared,  and that he was an expert in internal medicine and for this reason I stayed with him for over 20 years.

Now I am seen in a independently run Nurse Practioner Clinic.  The difference in my experience lies in my NP’s approach to me as a person, not a task (the physical) or a symptom.    The change it made was powerful….and I believe speaks strongly to the sucessful development of this role and how it is differentiated from the role of specialty medical practices.

Nurses look at people through a different lens than physicians and good nurse practioners blend the strengths of whole person  orientation with a focus on health and management of health related problems.

I am so grateful.

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