Every health care professional serves an important role in the caring for patients. Physician Assistants, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and other practitioners, each have specific disciplines and skillsets, contributing to a patient’s care journey in various ways. In Florida, some mid-level practitioners can deliver clinical healthcare services without the oversight of a physician. But is this the best plan for you?
When it comes to your health, a highly trained physician should be leading your care team. Physicians are equipped with thousands of hours of additional training and years of dedicated education to uniquely guide a patient’s journey – with the support of the full care team. And patients win when each member of the healthcare team plays the role they were educated and trained to perform.
Managing your health and that of your loved ones is difficult, not to mention frightening when you’re searching for answers. There is limitless information to process and confusing messages being promoted by healthcare professionals who claim to be the best choice in managing your care. Learn the facts and trust the person with the most education and training to lead your healthcare team – a physician. Make ThePhysicianDecision.
The Florida Academy of Family Physicians (FAFP)
and the Florida Medical Association (FMA) have
joined forces to launch The Physician Decision,
a patient empowerment campaign to help
educate on the importance of seeking
a physician-led care team.
While physicians and nurse practitioners have similarities, there are many notable differences. The biggest difference between the two is the amount of time spent on training. While NPs have more training than a registered nurse, they receive less training than a doctor.
Family Physician vs. Nurse Practitioner
Comparison in Length of
Education, Clinical Hours, and Ongoing