QUESTION- CAN A RNP PRACTICE WHEN A DOCTOR IS NOT IN THE OFFICE? When I went for my 2 weeks checkup after l5-s1 PLIF surgery I saw a RNP she told me there was not a doctor in house due to the holiday vacations! I was almost out of my pain meds, which I had called the week before and asked them about changing and was told I could come back early or wait till my scheduled appt. Its a 3 hour drive for us (we have an 18 month old who hated car rides!) so I told them i'd wait, anywho, the RNP says she can't write narcotics, she coldly says she'll call the resident at the hospital (U.K. Hospital Lexington Ky) and ask, but she can't make any promises about my meds. Long story short, the main doctor was at hospital doing a surgery, had to wait till he finished to get my scrip which was sent over to his office for me 1 1/2 hour later. I did'nt get any of my questions answered, when I asked about the x-rays I just had, she only replied they were fine. Basically she only took out my staples, upped my nuerontin which I told her is not making any difference, upped my Zanaflex, which does help.