This is probably going to get downvoted to oblivion anyway, but I want to say that I am against mid levels having autonomous practice. I’m a nurse who has worked with autonomous midlevels, and, in my experience, it’s a train wreck. On top of that, I’ve personally received sub-par treatment from midlevels in the past.
I’m just sincerely confused about what a midlevel would do if they couldn’t diagnose, order tests, prescribe treatments, etc. Like, seriously, at that point, what would be the difference between a midlevel and a nurse?
I’d like to go to NP school because I want to learn more about pharmacology, diagnostics, etc. Obviously, it would be nice to be able to utilize that training in a clinical setting, but I don’t see any way for it to be utilized without autonomous practice. I’d be willing to bet that this is a dilemma that a lot of other nurses have as well, and that’s why many push for autonomous practice.
I’d love to hear answers from physicians and midlevels who work in areas that don’t allow autonomous practice.
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