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Crawl Out From Under That Rock!

Published October 27, 2008 11:11 AM by Jennifer Ford

The convenient care movement is teaching the public about what nurse practitioners can do. But apparently some people just cannot be reached. A blog post I read on smartparentshealthykids.com,  is the epitome of misunderstanding about nurse practitioners working in retail health clinics. "DrReynolds" writes the following:

Do you really want to trust the care of your child to a Wal-mart employee?  The providers that work in these clinics probably work there for a reason.  These clinics will undoubtedly be customer service driven.  What does that mean?  Does that mean you will get good care?  NO!!!  It means these clinics will be driven almost exclusively by giving people what they think they need, rather than what they actually need.  The hardest part of my job is helping people to understand that they do not always need antibiotics and other medications.  Helping them understand the futility of doing unnecessary tests.  You will not get this in a Retail-Based Clinic.  Rather you will probably get a few unnecessary (and possibly painful) tests and a prescription that will be completely worthless.

This person truly has no idea about what NPs do in a retail health clinic, and should have done his homework before posting such an indictment. NPs in convenient care clinics take great care to counsel patients about antibiotic use, and use evidence-based practice for all prescriptions. It's disingenuous to scare parents away from convenient care for their children.

1 comments

I love that retail clinics are public service driven: same-day appointments and no waiting!

Jill Rollet, ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners - managing editor October 27, 2008 1:38 PM
King of Prussia PA

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