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Thanks to both of you for your insight and feedback.

Actually, Physician Assistants can choose specialties.

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I have read the entire thread. There is a level of truth in most of the comments posted. A quick glance at the comments and you can quickly pick up on the bias view. The facts are the facts. And I will point them out. I have an association with both groups and well informed about intent, practice parameters for both. First thing to understand, the nursing board is independent, it is as easy for the board to declare medical independence as it is for it to declare nurse practioners as rockets scientist. The meaning of this there is no check and balance with respect the credential they pass out. And although some PAs have private practice via hiring a physician part time to collaborate with, the fact is on paper NPs are the independent practioner of the two under the law… In the real world, all hospital treat mid-level care practioners equally, that is regardless of the groups the doctor is the final check off.. As for education, facts are the facts… the didactics associated with diagnosis and treatment it is clear, PAs has much more class room and clinical rotation time. Just for a quick illustration, the guidelines for NP education dictates 700 clinical hours which may be done sparingly, 700 clinical hours amounts to ~ about little than 3months of rotation. Looking at PA training, each rotation is about 2months long. The real, true on average coming right out of school a PA will be better informed then a NP but that edge quickly disappear within the first two years of working… Intent, both groups want to be independent, which is concerning as a healthcare consumer. One comment said, they will be the new primary care providers, really? Truth is neither profession rise to the level of training and education necessary to be completely independent. Whether PAs change the name to physician associates, or whether NPs, add another credential to the same thing they’ve been doing (DNP), none of it can make up for the standard set for medical practice. The good, both are highly skilled profession with a lot to offer the medical community. My suggestion dont do either if you believe its a short cut to acting like a doctor. In the end, when push come to shove, there will be signs notifying patient to specify whether you want to be treated by a medical doctor, MD, a nurse practioner, who practice medicine in a nursing model, or Physician assistant… It goes that route you will be looking for a job. Ironic enough PAs and NPs I have talked to, refuse to see anyone other than a the medical doctor do you think the rest of the public will feel differently..? Im a pharmacist so it doesnt matter to me. What i see, is that, NPs are ever trying to be viewed like doctors, and you think its a good move, but it will end up biting you in the future when push come to shove… If you want to be a doctor go do it, if you want to be a mid level care do it.. , but whatever you do stay in your lane. We all in healthcare, so no need for PAs n NPs to bicker about 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place… The ultimate choice rest with the patient. If you’re a patient what would you choose.

Ms. Candace Wilhelm Dr. William (Bill) Sackley


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our surgi center wants to hire a PA. As a registered nurse in Penna, can i take orders from a PA?
You all need to sit down write the MCAT and try to get into medical school……

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8)Which to decide – Both are respected fields, both should be proud and both are in demand. As stated, look at your state. Some are more bent toward APNs and some PAs. Laws are more and more making them quite indistinguishable Specialties look to both in many applications, or if you apply when they seek one, they will likely consider you if the experience is there. As I said, reimbursement is the same. I think both are great and have equal respect for my APN collegues. If I could do it over again…I might look into a CRNA. It means more schooling/money, but I personally think the return is worth the investment.

7)Demographic – Both are majority women and white at this point, variants among specialty.

Well said Blake!!!! and Dan YOUR INFORMATION is WAY OFF!!!!!!

Take this with a grain of salt, because I am neither a PA nor an NP yet, but I have seen both in action as a paramedic and nurse, and offer the following comments. Civilian PAs and NPs are quite similar in many states, in their scope of practice, duties, privileges and responsbilities. Individuals interested in military medicine/healthcare (as I am) should be aware that PAs and NPs are currently assigned quite different missions within the armed forces, owing to the historical nature of nursing and PA. The first PAs came from returning Vietnam-veteran corpsman and medics, whose considerable experience found no exact civilian counterpart. These were trained under the hurry-up medicial training model used in WWII, and PAs were the result. To this day, many medics and corpsmen become PAs. Nurse-practitioners come mostly from nursing, which is historically a female-dominated profession. Fair or not, the army, navy, etc. use PAs very differently than NPs. The former in more-stereotypically male roles nearer to the front, NPs in missions the nurse corps has always received. The services are beginning to change in how they use PAs and NPs, but the old ways do persist. For anyone interested in military medicine, as I am, weigh this factor in your decision-making.