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Nurse Practitioners vs. Doctors: How Does Your Treatment Differ?

Over the past decade, a surge of nurse practitioners has invaded the health scene as hospitals, medical centers, and clinics struggle to keep up with mounting patient caseloads. While patients seem confused at first about being treated by a nurse, the word has spread quickly about the differences between nurse practitioners (NPs) and doctors — mainly about the differences in health care style. But, there are other differences, too, such as the level of education, the salaries, and the perceptions about health care in general that have pervaded current trends in health care. Overall responsibilities of nurse practitioners will only increase as the population ages, and as more people are treated for their illnesses outside hospital environments. With a decrease in general practitioners, the NP may take that place, especially with the introduction of doctoral degrees in the NP program.

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