Posted 7/6/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -7)
In Washington State, I know NPs can prescribe narcotics but only up to scheadule 3 narcotics, not scheadule 2 like oxycontin, morphine, fentanyl, anything really strong, about the strongest they can prescribe is for the 10mg hydrocodones. I know it's diffrent in every state. When I moved to Utah for a short while, my ex took me to his family doctor that was actually a NP with his own office, and I told him I was very very ill but had no money. Well he got me in RIGHT away, I walked in the door, asked about an appointment and prices and they gave me an info sheet to fil out and saw me 5 minutes later. HE waved his charges since he knew my ex's family and they where wonderful people, AND gave me a free coupon for an antibiotic, so all in all, I got everything for free with absoutly no waiting. And he told me that I if I got even more sicker (I had a ear, sinus and a viral infection all at once) that I could call him any time of day or night and on weekends and not to hisitate. And he explained to me that drinking a tablespoon of water every ten nimutes for 6 hours (or something like that) equaled one bag of IV fluid, since I could hardly keep anything down. He was wonderful, too bad he doesnt work where I live now in Washington state. I even had a Midwife that is a certified nurse and she would take care of migraines and depression many many years after she delivered my daughter. And she didnt mind me coming in for stuff that wasnt related to pregnancy, she knew I only trusted her, and we could talk for hours as she understood alot of what I was dealing with and she also was allowed to prescribe up to scheadule 3 pain meds, but she moved to arizona. So all in all, some of the best medical professionals I've been to are nurses.