Yep, that's what we need.
Over on Clinician One, there is a thread posting an homage to Mary Mundinger, and her incredible work on behalf of the NP profession.
Someone then mentions that we need a Mary Mundinger for our profession, then, someone mentions that they think that person is me. I am humbled by their thoughts, and I think that we do need an aggressive change in direction, but I think that comparing me (really, in the start or beginning of my political/advocacy career) to someone who has been at this for a long time is a bit premature.
I will however, state, that Ms, sorry, Dr Mundinger, understands the importance of language. I will also state that the entire APN profession has understood that quite well since their inception. Words matter, Titles matter, Descriptions matter. Dr Stead understood this with the initial impetus of calling our profession Physician Associates, however, we have since lived in essentially indentured servitude to our medical masters. I say NO MORE.
Here's a list of some that are used in the lexicon of the PA profession:
Despicable. EVERY single one of them. I understand their utilization when our profession was young, weak, and politically insignificant, but now I can think of much better substitions.
Specialty Dependent practice
Independence/Completely autonomous licensure
We need to adapt. All professions grow, they change, they are by their very nature dynamic. Like the economy, it is not a static unchanging thing. The PA profession HAS grown since it's inception, but it is now reaching the parabolical end of the rope.
It's time to change again.