This Week's 'New York NOW' Poll Question

Apr 30, 2015


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Last Week's Results

Would you be willing to use a nurse practitioner as your primary care provider?

Yes: 94%
No: 6%

Your thoughts on nurse practitioners:

Yes. Currently I am under the care of a competent RNPA. However, it depends always on the individual because both MD's and PA's may be knowledgeable yet poor practitioners with the patients they treat. I have experienced both in the 45 years since a lymphoma diagnosis. practitioners. -Anonymous

Yes. I have been seeing a Nurse Practitioner for the last 10 Years. I moved about an hour away and still have her as My Dr.  She isn't technically a Dr.on paper she is the best Dr. I have ever had. -Pam F., Altamont

No. While they serve a vital function, they will not, and cannot, take the place of doctors, especially as it relates to serious and chronic conditions (cancer, diabetes, hypothyroidism, etc).  And besides, would you rather have am MD (w/ 4 years medical school and 6-8 years of residency) or an FNP/ANP  performing delicate surgery (heart bypass, removing brain tumor, etc) on you or your loved ones? -Joe M., Brooklyn

Yes. NP's provide excellent care and in collaboration with the Primary Care Provider provide a continuity of treatment when they see the patients. -Anonymous

Yes. I currently use a NP for myself and she is fabulous! Thorough, caring and more concerned about my overall health than any MD has ever been in my adult life. -Ilene G., Nyack

No. I've used  a PA and ended up going through many useless tests only to have a MD say there was nothing wrong and I should have never gone through these tests. -Rob H., Schoharie

Yes. At one point my gynocological care was done by an  Women's Health NP.  I only changed because she left the company.  She was very good.  As a matter of fact, I was in my first year of NP schooling and she impressed me. -Adrine H., Long Island

Yes, but only if I had no other choice. I still prefer to have a trained, medical school doctor as my provider. -William D., Yonkers

No. For people having no alternative I suppose seeing an NP is better than nothing, but there is no way their academic and practical training equals that of an MD, no matter what they say.  My own experience, with two separate NPs about separate matters, was not only highly unsatisfactory and unprofessional both times, but in the first instance psychologically damaging.  As a matter of fact it is with me to this day, and that was over 15 years ago.  Aside from such personal experience, however, is the very real concern  that this bill will only further solidify the growing gap in this country between the rich and the poor, and what is available to each -- pretty soon only the rich will have access to bona fide MDs. -Anne B., Albany

Yes. I have always had great experiences with nurse practitioners as my provider- they are thorough, competent and compassionate. -Anonymous

Yes. I have found P.A.s as knowledgable and willing to explain diagnosis and needed treatments and more pleasant -Darlene M., Amsterdam

No. Okay for immunizations and basic physicals, but they don't have the depth of experience that physicians have.  Unfortunately, I've already had to press GPs and specialists on 9 occasions to find and address problems that they initially wanted to dismiss as nothing. -Jenny G., Westchester

Yes. I have already been seen by a nurse practioner several times at my family doctor's office and am very satisfied. -Ron B., Glenville

Yes. For all intents and purposes, Kerin M. Devlin ,NP, has been my primary care person for the last fifteen years, at least. I'm very satisfied. -Leah J., Whitehall

No. My health needs can be very complicated and sometimes very serious. Occasionally I see a nurse practioner working with my primary care physician as well as NPs in specialist practices.  Experiences have been good but I will never feel comfortable having less easy access to an M.D. -Rob H., Saratoga Springs

Yes. In many cases the NP will take the time to delve deeper into the psycho-social aspect of the presenting problem. They have unique skills that are developed throughout their nursing training that are invaluable to looking at the :whole patient:. -Bo S., Syracuse

Yes. I usually do! -Elizabeth H., East Northport

Disclaimer: This is not a scientific poll. It is not intended to be viewed as representative of general public opinion. Rather, results indicate the opinions of a self-selecting group of online respondents which may or may not be representative of more widespread public opinion.

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