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January 16, 2002
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My wife just had her yearly pelvic exam, and this time it was done by a 'nurse practitioner' instead of the regular doc. Is this commonplace nowdays? Do these 'np's have any additional training that qualifies them for this procedure?

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January 16, 2002
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It seems to be the new way of doing things, it takes an act of God to get a real doctor with some insurance programs. No they don't have any extra training, but hell for years its been the RN's telling the MD what the patient needs. The NP has lots of training for the routine exams, if there is a problem I am sure she can ask for the MD, but not to worry, common place. There is also another new title, and that is PA physician assistant, I am sure its ok.

January 16, 2002
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isn't it just the same with a midwife doing an exam? all she has is a little more than nursing training. Hopefully the right people still do the testing on the labs.

January 16, 2002
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She has alot more education than a midwife, universityly, speaking. I sure think I would take a mid wife over any HMO type person now a days, and yea the labs are better than ever.

January 16, 2002
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The PA or the NP?

January 16, 2002
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I could be wrong, har har har, but I think the PA has just a little bit more than the NP, both are about the same. Just a step above the RN, I think scharaza would be bettr to answer this since she is still working in a hospital, hmmmmmmmm source for the letter ??? har har har

January 16, 2002
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Mol, in our area a PA has only an 18 month course at a tech school. Perhaps it depends on where you are, different licensing standards maybe.
I believe a nurse practitioner here is a step above an RN.

Ron, was your wife okay with that? Had she made an appt. with her doctor and ended up with the NP? Curious, maybe routine in your area. I would think for a pelvic, although you do need to actually "see" what's going on, the really crucial part is the testing, and that would be the lab. So, I doubt it's a problem. Like Molly said, it's cost cutting today.

January 17, 2002
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Hi Aleana -

Long time no hear! How'ya doing?

No, I don't think she was entirely comfortable with it at first, but she now believes the NP actually did a more thorough job than her previous Gyn did (she didn't care for him anyway).

We moved to a different part of town a couple of years ago, and am trying to center our lives around this area as much as possible. Her other physical problems are making travel difficult (even short trips), so we're trying to limit it as much as possible. Even to the point of changing docs and other things.

Ron

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