Hi there, as an european medical student I'm genuinely curious about some professional roles existing in the anglophone world, mainly USA and/or UK and Commonwealth countries, or in the army.
See, here it's fairly simple… there are nurses and their assistants, doctors, paramedics and administration personnel.
Doctors can be in training, already specialized in something and some of the latter have direction/management roles, usually with one or more deputies.
A portion of nurses are specialized (say critical care, anesthesia, psychiatry, ward management,…) and perform more advanced duties, sometimes doing what was done by doctors in specific tasks and fields, usually with physician supervision (I really never understood why this way of practicing has been developed but it's fine by me, most specialized nurses are freakin' cool and they really know their stuff, I am learning a lot from them too).
In the last months I read about physician assistants, respiratory therapists, emergency medical technicians, nurse anesthetists, advanced practice nurses and so on… I tried to keep track of everything but I quickly became lost. Would someone have the patience and the kindness to shed some light on this matter for all of us simple-minded european folks? 🙂
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