I wouldn't mind as long as if they don't know whats wrong you are then referred to a doctor.
The practice that I go to has 7 doctors and 2 nurse practitioners. If I have an urgent issue and my doctor is booked I can get in and see the nurse practitioner that day. If it is an issue that is more complex she connects with the doctor before advising. I am very pleased with the medical care I get and appreciate the timliness. I've actually found them more thorough than my doctor.
I've often been directed to NP's and do not think it has adversely affected my care. Given how brief insurance-covered appointments are, my opinion is that I prefer to see the same person instead of being juggled. Consistency is a larger issue for me than the different training between NP's and MD's.
I think it depends. I see a specialist for a rare condition, and in that case, have to see a doctor. I would never want to see a nurse practitioner. For the general care type of stuff, sure, I'll the NP or a Physicial Assistant. Which is actually what I'd like to do. PA's are similar to NPs.
At the clinic I go to and take my children to they tell you if you are sick and can't wait for an appointment come in and be seen as a walk- in. The way they do it is however is on call is the person that normally sees walk - ins but if they are packed then you see a NP. I don't mind either way and actually some of the NPs I have seen are better than doctors.
I would not mind at all. In fact, a few years ago, I went to the ER with my usual PAC's , well the only folks that were on were an RN and a nurse practitioner. The NP was excellent and she really knew what she was doing, her attitude was more comforting than most docs as well. I really liked her.