5 Things You Shouldn’t Call NPs or PAs

Use of slang like mid-level and extender contribute to a public misunderstanding of our role; they imply a need for dependence on physicians, and they obfuscate the uniqueness of our profession.

from Modern Nurse Blog

Steam comes out of my ears when someone calls me a mid-level. Or a non-physician, physician extender, allied health provider, or limited-license provider. I am a nurse practitioner (NP), which is actually fewer syllables and more meaningful than these other absurd descriptors anyway.

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