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Bernardine Amadi
Bernardine Amadi
Hometown: Atlanta
"My experience with an outpatient office visit was one to two hours wait in the doctor's office, another 30 to 60 minutes in the exam room, and a whopping five minutes for the doctor's exam, diagnosis and treatment. Most of the time, the prescription is written before they hear your complaint."

"Three years ago, I went for an office visit and was seen by a nurse practitioner. She spent 20 to 25 minutes for my annual physical and actually listened to me before writing a prescription. Since then, I have never seen a doctor except if I did not have an option of seeing an nurse practitioner."

"Another incident involved my son who was seeing an orthopedic doctor who was working with a physician assistant. I had a concern that the bone scan involved some radiation exposure but the physician assistant working with the doctor ignorantly informed me that the bone scan does not involve radiation exposure."

"I think that nurse practitioners have more knowledge because of their previous training as registered nurses before they get their advanced nursing education. They are more experienced, confident, familiar with care, have bedside manners and empathy and therefore should be utilized more. They should be given an opportunity to fill (the gap) left by the shortage of primary care doctors."

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Last updated August 03 2009: 9:29 AM ET
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