Nurses are expert professionals that provide direct patient care. There is no other business or healthcare professional that is taught or tasked with the critical thinking, the science, the legal responsibilities, or the multitasking workload of the clinically performing nurse. Clinically practicing nurse professionals have no less than (and some have more) education and experience than their nurse-colleagues that have chosen not to perform in a clinical environment and instead pursue careers in nursing leadership and nursing education.
Nurses are college-educated, board-tested, and licensed to practice nursing; physicians are also college-educated, board-tested but they are licensed to practice medicine. Nursing professionals are not responsible for medically diagnosing patients or performing surgical procedures, hence the additional four years of graduate medical education is not needed. Both professions enter into residency periods following graduation that provide supervised training for the independent and specialized practice of their careers. Nurses are not doctors, obviously, yet neither are they junior-doctors, wanna-be-doctors, doctor-servants or in any way connected to the practice of medicine …other than they share a patient population and a goal – the safe healing of patients.