Is there any such thing as a "Doctor Nurse"?
September 5, 2013 11:39 AM Subscribe
For most of the past two weeks my son has been in the hospital, at two different local hospitals actually, for pancreatic stones. My son is autistic, which complicates the diagnostic process. We had to be sent from the hospital we liked to a different hospital across town, because they were the only place locally that could perform the ERCP he needed. At the second hospital I took an immediate and visceral dislike to one of his care providers, and it was explicitly because she came into the room and introduced herself as "Doctor (whatever)", and then handed me her business card which presented her as "Dr. (whatever), ARNP". In other words, she is a nurse practitioner who came into the room and introduced herself as a medical doctor. She also spoke to me like I was ten years old, which did not endear me to her either. But in any case, my question is: Is there any such thing as a "Doctor Nurse"? I understand what a Nurse Practitioner is, my primary care provider is actually a Nurse Practitioner and I absolutely trust and respect her knowledge and experience. But this woman, I feel like she lied to us with the very first word coming out of her mouth, and I don't understand how she can get away with introducing herself as a doctor in a medical facility without actually being a Doctor of Medicine. Am I missing something?
posted by Lokheed to health & fitness (39 answers total)
BTW - just so I am not tempted to come back in and moderate my own question: My son has been released from the hospital and is no longer in her care. If for any reason we wind up back at that hospital and she is assigned back to my son, I will request that she not be on my son's medical team. So that is not the issue. I genuinely want to know whether I overreacted, and if somehow the way she presented herself was actually appropriate.