When you refer to a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant, do you call them the mid-level?
The term “mid-level” has been passed on from generation to generation in the world of healthcare. I often wonder where the term originated?
Even though I am a nurse practitioner, I am still a registered nurse. And I often wonder if bedside nurses consider the term “mid-level”.
If I am called the “mid-level”, then what do we call the registered nurse? Does that make them the “lower level”? Does that make the physician the “upper level”? And if we’re going to talk about “levels”, what about the rest of the healthcare team?
What “level” are our other tertiary services? What “level” is the physical therapist? What “level” is the respiratory therapist?
The point of this post is to simply start the conversation… Again. I am an advanced practice provider. I am not the physicians subordinate. I am the physicians partner. We work in collaboration.
Do I know what term we should use? Unfortunately no. The term mid-level rolls off the tongs so nicely, doesn’t it? I’m going to have to find a catchy new term.
Until such time, the next time you referred to a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant as the “mid-level”… I’m hoping you’ll take pause and maybe think twice. I know the words “nurse practitioner” or “physician assistant” don’t roll off the tongue as well, but I’m hoping you’ll try.
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