It is becoming more and more difficult to get appointments with primary care physicians due to the trend towards specialization. The nurse practitioner is absorbing the fallout of the need for specialization by doctors.
Nurse practitioners can also practice within health care facilities. They have an independent reign in many instances and are often the only health care provider the patient sees aside from the staff of the hospital.
With the ability to offer a more holistic approach the patient care, the NP is becoming increasingly popular among patients. They have the ability to limit the amount of patients they see in a day in order to be able to spend more time with each individual.
Doctors look at things a little differently. Many do not believe that the nurse practitioner should be allowed to practice on their own. They want them to be under the guidance of a physician. Their argument in favor of this discusses the wide variety of potential issues that may confront a nurse practitioner. Some feel they should be working only in offices where you are apt to encounter the same issues day after day.