What a great opportunity for Mayo Clinic to get some unique publicity with younger generations. Cosmo is a conduit to the age group who are the future of Mayo. Unfortunately, you disadvantaged this recruitment opportunity with a large portion of advanced practice providers, when you labeled them “mid-level providers” in this very public venue. The term “mid-level provider” is an out dated, and purposefully demeaning term derived from the minds of insecure physicians, and demonstrates the clear classification system between physicians and non-physician providers that still exists at Mayo Clinic, which is reminiscent of the 1960s. To be clear, there is nothing “mid level” about an advanced practice provider, or the care they provide. Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists are all advanced practice providers who are educated, certified, licensed, and capable of providing the exact same level of care that a physician can in their field, which is not “mid level” at all. For recruitment purposes, Mayo Clinic would do itself a world of good to drop the outdated, demeaning, and limiting term of “mid level provider”. It, quite simply, isn’t accurate, and does nothing to help your recruitment of these excellent health care providers. They make up a large portion of your team!
Katherine M. Jacobsen APRN, CRNA