Nurse Practitioner Elected Medical Staff President

A high-achieving nurse practitioner who was elected to the influential position of medical staff president with more than 50% of the all-physician vote explains his unusual rise through the ranks.

5 comments on "Nurse Practitioner Elected Medical Staff President"
Lisa Sams MSN, RNC (3/25/2011 at 4:51 PM)

Congratulations, this is such an important step for patients and families. Care can only be improved by high functioning interdisciplinary teams and what many consumers feel when they spend time with an Advanced Practice Nurse is they are treated as a whole person. Nursing continues to research and enrich clinical care through this view.
VBA (3/19/2011 at 1:39 PM)

Regarding medical management, the individual makes more difference than whether they are a physician or a nurse or a tech or anyone. A leader is a leader. With respect to the management of the critically ill patient and performing intubations, central lines, cracking a chest, cardioversion, and performing many other tasks, I am very concerned about not having a trained emergency physician in the emergency department. A nurse practitioner or physician assistant can do an amazing job for 90% of the patients who come to the ED, but there is a difference in the training both in content and duration between the two specialties (NP, PA is definitely a specialty and are amazingly skilled positions). its similar to a computer programmer and a the hardware engineer; both very skilled, but different talents and knowledge sets. They are not substitutes of each other and can be very dangerous when someone comes to the ED with a true emergency to not have the right person there to help them.
Susan Johnson (3/18/2011 at 11:06 PM)

I'm sorry, but when I go to an emergency room I expect their to be a doctor on-site. Maybe a nurse can handle many/most of the things that go on in an ER, but its ridiculous that there's absolutely no ER doctors on staff and its all nurses and PAs. Thats extremely dangerous to let these folks practice solo without supervision. An ER doctor has more than 4 times the training that an emergency NP or PA gets. We are not talking about a clinic where people treat cough and runny nose. The name is EMERGENCY for a reason and we need the BEST trained people we can get in there. I will not be coming to that hospital anytime soon and I'd advise everyone else to steer clear of it.
derrick (3/18/2011 at 7:03 PM)

Whom does a physician assistant assist if there are no physicians staffing the ED? While there is certainly a role for a midlevel provider in the ED, it is not to replace physicians. That is absurd.
Karl Vanhooten (2/9/2011 at 12:50 PM)

Very impressive. It's high time that a nurse practitioner receives such recognition. My hat off to Mr. Donaldson, the hospital management and the physicians. Now, when a female NP achieves such an honor, I will really be impressed.


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