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not feeling well

Knoxville, TN

#1 Dec 10, 2008
Moved here just a few months ago, and I haven't found a doctor yet, and I am feeling ill. I was told that before I could see a doctor, I would have to see a nurse practitioner by some of my neighbors, who would you recommend? Thanks
fgporter

Morristown, TN

#2 Dec 10, 2008
I have been told A nurse Practitioner is like one college quarter away from holding a MD title. Often through the years when I suddenly needed care that's who I saw and they were always as good as if I had seen my regular MD.

Since: Dec 08

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#3 Dec 10, 2008
I see a doctor at Healthstar, I have been going to her for years, and have yet to see her nurse practitioner, so I don't know if you have to see one first or not. Healthstar does have a walk in clinic and I think it is on a first come first seen basis. I have never been at the clinic, but Healthstar does have some good doctors. Hope you feel better soon.
nursie

United States

#4 Dec 10, 2008
There are several good NPs in the area (m'town, Jeff City), but I won't mention any names for fear they will be bashed on here by people who dont even know them. Too bad a few ruin it for all...

Since: Sep 08

Rock Island, TN

#5 Dec 11, 2008
I think it is according to what dr. you see as to whether you need to see a nurse practitioner.
FNP

Morristown, TN

#6 Dec 11, 2008
Nurse practitioners have a Master's or Doctorate Degree in nursing and usually several years of nursing experience before going back to school. We are licensed to treat urgent and chronic medical problems, from sore throats to diabetes and high blood pressure. We can prescribe medications and order diagnostic tests. We tend to do a lot of listening and a lot of teaching with our patients, and we focus on wellness promotion. I don't think you will be disappointed.
my 2 cents

Morristown, TN

#7 Dec 12, 2008
I've never heard of having to see a FNP before seeing a MD. A MD will see you, but if you're new & not yet established, it may take longer to get an appointment.

I took my boys to the Express Health Clinic at Cresent Center & they were efficient & professional. I just needed a strep test and basic check, nothing major.

I know people who've been to Healthstar & Bartlett Place. nothing negative to say about the FNP's, just the long wait (Healthstar) and the rudeness of the office staff (Bartlett).

Since: Nov 08

tennessee

#8 Dec 12, 2008
i've been going to healthstar for years now, mainly broken bones, malfunctioning organs, and/or pneumonia. had a back strain so bad it was about to break my spine! np fixed me right up. urgent care clinic 10am til 10pm. you will probably have a wait but faster and cheaper than emergency rooms. they have all kinds of diagnostic equipment in the same building, xray, cat scan, mri, sleep studies, and you can even get the mamms grammed there! i need to wschedule an after surgery follow up...

“What does this button do?”

Since: Oct 08

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#9 Dec 12, 2008
I sure wish we still had a simple "I need to go to the doctor" system here. You remember....I don't feel well, I need to see a "doctor". Morris Blvd. has become a specialist Blvd. You know " I need to see a Splinterous Fingerous specialist" I have a piece of wood in my finger. OK, that will be $2500 and my partner has a car payment coming up and you need to see her to put a Band-aid on it so I don't get blamed for infection that may follow if you don't take your prescription to CVS.
HS Clinic Sux

Nashville, TN

#10 Dec 13, 2008
doefeather wrote:
i've been going to healthstar for years now, mainly broken bones, malfunctioning organs, and/or pneumonia. had a back strain so bad it was about to break my spine! np fixed me right up. urgent care clinic 10am til 10pm. you will probably have a wait but faster and cheaper than emergency rooms. they have all kinds of diagnostic equipment in the same building, xray, cat scan, mri, sleep studies, and you can even get the mamms grammed there! i need to wschedule an after surgery follow up...
There is a particular Dr. at Healthstar's clinic that is true idiot. I once took my 6 month old baby in there for diarrhea and concerns of dehydration. I was concerned that she had rotavirus because of the distinct odor. Dr. idiot diagnosed her with pneumonia and told me to take her to the hospital to be admitted because she was REALLY sick. He assured me that he would let them know we were coming. I took her to the ER, and her chest was clear. No pneumonia. Dr. in the ER diagnosed her with rotavirus. HELLO!

Again, two months later, on a Sunday, I had no choice but to take her there again because I felt that her cold was getting really bad. Again, Dr. idiot was there and diagnosed her with the stomach bug. She wasn't even throwing up! Two hours later, she got even worse and I took her to the ER. She was admitted for 5 days with RSV. Someone should let this man know there is a difference between the lungs and the guts.

I usually use her family doctor and do not like to go to the ER unless it is an emergency. So many people fill that place for earaches and such. I think that the ER should be used to true emergencys only (heart attacks, etc..) and that is the only reason why I went to the clinic in the first place. I will not take my kids there ever again, it is a waste of time.
Crab cake

Morristown, TN

#11 Dec 13, 2008
Feeling like I was about to die on Christmas Eve a few years back, I went to the HS clinic. I was the only person in there and sat for 45 minutes waiting to be seen. I could see 'the staff' down the hallway through the torn place in the tint on the do not enter till you are called door. They were standing around talking and laughing and in the meantime I was sitting, sweating, coughing and swearing I was dying. Finally when I was called back, the nurse practioner or whatever he was made me feel like I was worst than a drug addict looking for some fix. Honestly I feel if you are truely sick and go to that place they treat you like you are some hypochondriac. Now if I was there for my hydro's or oxy's they would likely have greeted me with open arms.

“Just little ol' me”

Since: Oct 08

Indy

#12 Dec 16, 2008
I've been to a LPN and have nothing but good things to say about her. Just as good as any MD I've ever been to and she spends more time with me asking questions and talking about medications and side effects.
Clarifying

Knoxville, TN

#13 Dec 16, 2008
Just to clarify, an LPN is a licensed practical nurse. I think you meant an FNP, a family nurse practitioner. The LPN goes to school for a year; the FNP has at least a masters degree in nursing. I know the terminology can be confusing at times. And thanks for the kind words.

“Just little ol' me”

Since: Oct 08

Indy

#14 Dec 16, 2008
Yep, my fault...I don't know what I was thinking but she is an FNP, not an LPN. Sorry about that.

You are welcome for the kind words...she does a great job!
FNP

Morristown, TN

#15 Dec 18, 2008
Thanks so much for the positive comments here. Speaking for myself and my NP friends, we really do care about our patients. In most cases, we get paid the same no matter what problem you come in with, we do not make more money if we order more tests. If you are looking for someone to get to know you as a person and not a number, look for an NP, MOrristown has several good ones.
Jeff City Gal

Morristown, TN

#16 Dec 19, 2008
I have been to both HS and Bartlett. I prefer Bartlett and I do not think the office staff is rude at all. I see the NP there monthly for maintenance meds (bp meds, anti-depressants, etc) They are great in my opinion. But opinions are like A-holes everybody has one . Just wanted to give Bartlett the credit they deserve and thumbs up to the NP there. I think he's wonderful.

Since: Dec 08

Morristown, TN

#17 Dec 19, 2008
huh, wonder why they put me in corbin ky..lol in in jeff city
Grief

Hermitage, TN

#18 Dec 23, 2008
Dan is a PA, not an NP.
I agree

Morristown, TN

#19 May 26, 2010
I would rather see a NP than an actual Dr. sometimes I think they listen more and give a little more time
Mad MOM

United States

#20 May 26, 2010
The person everybody is talking about at healthstar walk in clinic is Dr. WOODY (actually a PA) He is rude and knows very little about anything!!!! He is a terriable excuse for a PA!!!! I always call to see if he is working before I waste my time going in!!!! I WANT DR. WOODY FIRED!!!! I know tons of people who would go to healthstar if they would release Dr. Woody!!!!! HE IS AN IDIOT TO SAY THE LEAST!!!!!!!!!!

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