I believe Tom Davis is an excellent state senator. I also believe that nurse practitioners are at the top of their profession and make great nurses. They have wonderful nursing skills for teaching and mentoring those junior to them. But they aren't doctors.
Two years ago, my wife passed away from an undiagnosed cancer. She was being treated by a nurse practitioner who saw her more and more frequently as my wife became sicker and sicker. This is the non-emergency-type care that Davis believes that nurse practitioners can do. Unfortunately, they can't.
My wife's medical file noted her getting progressively sicker during each visit, but all the nurse practitioner knew to do was to give her B-12 shots or up her prescriptions. It never occurred to her to run a CT scan or MRI.
My wife knew it was more serious than that, and she asked -- actually begged -- to see the nurse practitioner's supervising physician. That request was refused because my wife was not a patient of that physician, even though that physician was the supervisor.
Three months after my wife quit going to that medical office, she passed away.
Nurse practitioners are not doctors, and they don't have the skills of doctors.
Routine care is only routine care until it isn't. And unfortunately, nurse practitioners aren't as qualified as doctors are to know where that line is crossed.
Sun City Hilton Head