All of this is true. It takes just as long to complete a DNP as it does to complete an MD and there are residency programs out there for nurse practitioners just like doctors. There is a push to make completion of DNP and residency mandatory for all NPs by 2025.<quoted text>
How many years of medical OR nursing school did you go through to come up with that opinion? Physicians LOVE nurse practitioners because they, on the whole, result in improved patient outcome! Nurse practitioners do not know as much as doctors, but they DO know as much about their specialty as any doctor. Many of them HAVE completed doctorate-level education. Maybe of them HAVE attended internships and residencies designed specifically for nurse practitioners. Doctors wouldn't be letting them work under their license if they didn't trust them.
Medical school was not always a doctorate program. Physicians weren't always required to complete residency. In the UK, medical school is a bachelor degree program and a MD from over there is entirely comparable to an MD in the States which just goes to show that the number of years it takes to complete any given professional program is irrelevant to a point. The lines that have always existed between medical doctors and advanced practice nurses are becoming increasingly blurred. Many physicians welcome it. Others are intimidated by the fact that an entirely autonomous nurse practitioner, which is the way in which the healthcare field is trending, would be able to offer the exact same services at a fraction of the cost.