Anyone reporting on healthcare issues must understand professional licensure. The term "nurse" is generic and can refer to a Nursing Assista
In response to Kane "nurse" identified as a Nurse Practitioner on 7/6/2017, when she was actually licensed by the state of PA as a Licensed Practical Nurse (difference of education by half a decade at least), I recommend anyone reporting on healthcare issues must understand professional licensure. The term "nurse" is generic and can refer to a Nursing Assistant (6 weeks of training or non-certified - no training) to a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner with a minimum of 6 years of college and holding a Master's Degree in Nursing and Board Certified by a nationally recognized organization. Please clarify Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, and the four titles for Advanced Practice Nurses: Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Midwife, Nurse Anestisist, and Nurse Practitioner. Many of us have earned Doctorate of Nursing degrees. Please take care to use the PA Board of Nursing Website to learn about nursing licensure and the credentials that we work so hard to earn.
I would be glad to consult and edit any articles as I have seen so many misrepresentations of "nurses" and it is very confusing for anyone not in the profession.
Debra L. Brewer, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, RN