Sophia the Worst: AANP Statement on WGN’s Biased News Story on Nurse Practitioner Profession

Yeah, so what, I know “Sophia the First” Disney princess TV show, I have a young daughter who even named her little dog Sophia. But this blog is related to a different Sophia that I will call “Sophia the Worst.” This blog references “AANP Statement on WGN’s Biased News Story on Nurse Practitioner Profession. If you haven’t already seen the news story/video report written by a courageous investigative reporter Rich Mchugh titled Families sound the alarm on medical transparency after deaths of their children, please see the link here:


What a powerful and telling story. 

 The story was: A special News Nation (  investigation into health care in America will introduce you to two families sounding the alarm about the care their loved ones received, and what they feel is a lack of transparency. However, before it even aired, the brigade of militant nurse practitioners (NPs) lead by Sophia the Worst, had set out to not only try to censure the story and really to try to stop it from airing, but even disparaged, threatened, and libeled reporter Rich Mchugh and News Nation. Sophia the Worst sent out the directive pictured below. Ironically, this is exactly the fascist methods used by Nazi’s in WWII to censure the media. Fortunately, The News Nation held their ground: 

Even before the story aired Thursday night on News Nation, there was significant pressure directed at us by the AANP — The American Association of Nurse Practitioners — not to run the story, and alleging that our report unfairly maligns nurse practitioners in America.

That is not the case and certainly not our intention, and it’s one reason we interviewed the AANP in this story.

More irony, the Nazis/fascists went on a mission to re-write history and redefine terms and ironically Sophia the Worstjust reported that NP’s practice “Healthcare” and do not practice medicine. To the same extent that the Nazi movement drummed up the term providers to disparage Jewish physicians, Sophia the Worst ascribed the term doctor on to DNP prepared RNs as an academic term and therefore can be used, but she is careful not to specify or qualify this to a clinical setting. It’s important to note that when I was an NP, I never fell in line with these militant types demanding full practice authority (FPA) independent from physician supervision and collaboration. And it’s equally important to note that many NP’s I knew and many still today don’t believe in the militant FPA brigade. It’s absolutely ridiculous that one discipline thinks then can jump into another discipline and practice fully without oversight from the very discipline they jumped into. I mean how can you be an orange and jump into an apple lane and say you don’t need apple supervision while trying to impersonate an apple as an orange? I wrote about the fruit analogy before (


So now here we are with a division in healthcare that obviously seems fueled by egos and propaganda from the AANP ( More irony, Freud defined projection as “Projection is the process of displacing one’s feelings onto a different person, animal, or object. The term is most commonly used to describe defensive projection—attributing one’s own unacceptable urges to another. For example, if someone continuously bullies and ridicules a peer about his insecurities, the bully might be projecting his own struggle with self-esteem onto the other person.” So, when the militant NP brigade accuses physicians of being egotistical, power hungry, mean, patriarchal, less educated, less smart, etc – HELLO ………. PROJECTION at its best!  

This brings us to the AANP Statement on WGN’s Biased News Story on Nurse Practitioner Profession  written by Her Majesty Sophia the Worst (DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP) herself:

“As our country endures the worst health care crisis in more than a century, it is inexplicable that WGN would choose this moment to attack the 290,000 NPs nationwide who are working on the frontlines of care, testing and treating COVID-19 patients and providing critical health care services in communities nationwide. Any loss of life is a tragedy. WGN’s coverage, at best, misrepresents the NP profession and parrots the conspiracy theories and misstatements of Rebekah Bernard, MD and Niran Al-Agma, MD, physicians who derive direct economic benefit from limiting patient access to NP delivered health care,” said AANP President Sophia L. Thomas.”

Note: not all of the 290,000 NPs believe her rhetoric and talking points. I never did! And here it comes ……. Ready…….Get set………

The story ignores decades of evidence-based research demonstrating NPs’ safety, painting a distorted caricature of NPs and other health care providers. The facts are clear: Not only is the high quality of NP care well studied, it is further supported by the consistently lower rates of malpractice claims for NPs versus those of physicians,” and “the safety of NP care is well documented in studies spanning more than 50 years…” 

Those that follow this blog know that this research and evidence is flawed, suspect, low quality, and doesn’t include NPs independent of physician supervision. 

Sooooooooooooooo, Sophia the Worst (DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP)

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