What is the diffrence between a Nurse Practitioner and a Doctor?

How much years of study? How much work do they do?. How hard is it to get into a med/nursing school? What is the difference between their jobs? Can they both specialize? (I always wanted to work in an ER) What are their restrictions? Can they give prescriptions? Can they do minor surgery?

Asked By: lorrnae - 1/23/2008
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An CRNP is a specialized program which is equivalent in years to that of a master's degree in nursing. They are overseen, not directly, but by caseload by a physician. They may write prescriptions, but i think they may be limited. They are still always governed by their attending physician. With the nursing... More
Answered By: christi - 1/23/2008
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You can see a nice objective listing on both professions here... More
Answered By: heyteach - 1/23/2008
NP can't write for controlled meds, and they can specialize
Answered By: kmg1111 - 1/23/2008
Your wrong; NP's CAN write scripts for controlled drugs. It all depends on the contract that they sign with the doctor that they work under. In most NP's contracts it'l say "may prescribe only drugs that are listed in the PDR" (aka anyhing and everything). If a NP can't prescribe a controlled substance such as Ambien (... More
Answered By: mystic2fire - 1/23/2008
Medical school... More
Answered By: SadToday22 - 1/24/2008
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