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What is the difference between a doctor, a physicians assistant, and a nurse, from the point of view of day to day responsibilities ?


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Dawn’s Answer

I am a Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner.
Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants see pts, write orders to be carried out.
Nurses carry out the orders and takes care of the patients - works closely with the Docs, NPs & PAs - obtaining medical histories, vital signs and other important roles depending on the specialty , inpatient or outpatient clinic.

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Richard’s Answer

Of course it varies by subspecialty, but I will give my perspective as a radiologist.

In radiology, the nurses help with pre-procedure assessment, drawing labs taking vitals and preparing the patient. During the procedure, the nurse administers the sedation drugs ordered by the physician. Afterwards the nurse monitors the patient for recovery and is responsible for post procedure education.

The radiologist performs the procedure eg. biopsy, drainage, angiogram, tumor ablation etc. When not performing procedure, radiologist views and interprets medical images.

The PA performs some of the procedures under direct or indirect supervision of radiologist. These procedures include barium studies, PICC and central lines, paracentesis and thoracentesis.


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Rachel’s Answer

From the perspective of a doctor and surgeon:

I operate 2 days a week and see patients in clinic two days a week. I determine my own schedule. I also am responsible for my patients, and I take emergency phone calls from them on nights and weekends.

Nurses assist me with procedures and help take patient's vitals in clinic.

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Rachel’s Answer

From the perspective of a doctor and surgeon:

I operate 2 days a week and see patients in clinic two days a week. I determine my own schedule. I also am responsible for my patients, and I take emergency phone calls from them on nights and weekends.

Nurses assist me with procedures and help take patient's vitals in clinic.

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