Nurse practitioners (NPs) are the quintessential midlevel provider, coming in various flavors such as FNP, AGACNP, and PMHNP. Numbering ~325,000 in the US, these midlevels' education often consists of little more than an online diploma mill degree and 500 hours of clinical exposure, amounting to less than 5% of a physician's training. Yet, many states allow them to practice independently without physician supervision or oversight.
California DNP gets slammed with $20,000 fine for calling herself a "doctor"
Hopefully, this groundbreaking case against California DNP Sarah Erny will set a precedent nationwide for legislators and law enforcement to pursue, prosecute, and punish nurse practitioners and other midlevel providers who attempt to fraudulently represent themselves as doctors/physicians.
White Karen NP goes berserk on pregnant black patient who wanted a work note
In the post-Roe v. Wade landscape of an America that has historically marginalized minority patients in healthcare, the mistreatment of black patients like Jillian by white midlevel nurse practitioners like Theresa Smigo cannot go unexcused or unpunished.