What is the unconditional patient to do? How do I talk generically about physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses. Do I need to list them all to be nice and polite and not forget anyone (or did I already forget some?). Insurance companies call them “providers” – but that sounds so wrong, so conditional. In other circles, they are called clinicians. This is somewhat better, but still so “clinical”. Should I call them physicians and physician extenders. Sounds silly too.
I give up, I’ll just call them all doctors or nurses. I respect PAs, NPs and all the other flavors. But I can’t find a good word that is friendly enough and respectful enough to include them all. I’m open to suggestions!