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This episode marks the return of Cora Vizcarra from the ( blog. Cora joins host Jamie Davis and student nurse blogger Lovlei McKinnie from “”

This week we tackle the news out of Florida that one chapter of the Florida Medical Association worries that DNPs (Doctor of Nursing Practice) will misrepresent themselves as physicians, misleading patients into thinking they are seeing a physician rather than a nurse practitioner.

Perhaps these docs have a inflated view of themselves and how we, as nurses, see them. The panel agrees and they don’t think that any nurse, especially a DNP, would even consider representing themselves as doctors. Why lower yourself that way?

Cora pointed out all of the times that doctors employ medical assistants and call them nurses to the patients. That, too is misrepresentation and is against the law in most states. Perhaps the doctors should pay a bit more attention to the loose way they use the term nurse rather than worrying about a nurse calling herself by her earned academic credentials!

We cover a few other topics this week in our review of nurses and health care in the news. Check out the links listed below.  Listen using the player above each week or subscribe for free using iTunes, the Zune marketplace or other RSS reader or podcast catcher. Join us!

On the panel this week:

Lovlei McKinnie, of “The Dog Ate My Care Plan” nursing student blog.

Cora Vizcarra, RN, CRNI, MBA, of the blog.

Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, RN, NREMTP, BA, AAS managing director of the ProMed Network and host of the Nursing Show

Join us as we delve in to our week’s topic.

Links from the show:

ANA urges nurses to get seasonal flu vaccine

Duval County Physicians against others calling selves “Doctor”

Article on increasing numbers of men in nursing field

Cora’s Article on Doctors and Following Standards of Care

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