Agreed on the doctor bit. It’s not a protected term so anyone can call themselves doctor. Physician is a legally protected term so a nurse cannot call themselves a physician.I think the nurses calling themselves anesthesiologists are likely introducing themselves as Doctor so and so once they get their DNP add on degree. Its unfortunate because CRNAs (and AAs) in general are great providers and deserve recognition but the ones trying to blur the lines to patients on who is who are spoiling the whole bunch and almsot all of them give to the AANA who advocates against equally trained AAs and try to paint them as glorified anesthesia techs.
It’s a shame we can’t introduce ourselves as physician X without it sounding weird. The term doctor should realistically become a protected term within the context of healthcare. Not just because of nurses that decided to mislead patients, but also because of various “doctors” hawking supplements for health benefits.