Next time you’re a patient, ask whether your “health care provider” is a doctor.
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On January 1, New York State changed the standard for who can practice medicine, putting patients at risk. New York is the latest state — now 19 in all — to capitulate to aggressive lobbying by nursing organizations to allow some nurses to play doctor without going to medical school. Connecticut made a similar change last July.
Don’t get me wrong. Nurses are the backbone of the health care system, and generally they’re better than doctors at educating patients and providing many types of routine care. But their training is different, and it does not prepare them to do everything doctors do, especially diagnosing less common conditions.