I've been an RN for about 10 years now, 3 years as NP. It's time for me to re-license in NY State.
As an RN you need to have documentation available for audit that you know how to be hygienic. And they took away the necessary requirement to be able to identify child abuse. (Which is very interesting given the recent Wisconsin NP article regarding Dr. Cox).
As an NP, the only information they require is where you work. They want to know if you run your own practice, if you're even practicing as an NP anymore, it's all just data collection where NPs are going to throughout the state. The demographic questions asked also are basically ensuring that you are treating as many patients as reasonable in whatever specialty you're in. And there's even job satisfaction questions. Nothing regarding safety, competency, prescription habits, etc. Also the cost to re-license is only $32! For the RN license it's closer to $100.
There's definitely a strong lobby to push NPs into the workforce (yes I can vouch that NP education is a fraction of MD training which also reinforces this).
I just wanted to share my observations which I feel are relevant regarding the recent news articles and NP autonomy/med mal.
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