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I'm not sure if this is really the right group for this post or not but....... do any of you ladies personally know any physicians assistants or nurse practitioners? I want to return to school and both occupations are very similar so I am conflicted as to which to pursue. If I go the way of PA, I don't think I can work while schooling. If I go nursing, I can work while I get my MSN but then I have to work a few years for experience before returning to earn my NP degree. So I'm hoping some of you might have info/opinions on either career that I can use to help weigh my decision.  

by on Jan. 19, 2013 at 10:55 PM
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Stephanie329
by Platinum Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 4:44 PM
My spervisor (respiratory therapy department) is also a RN working in the ICU to get in her experience. She plans on continuing to work while in NP school.

Quoting fireangel5:


My only real confusion is how much time do I want before I become what I want to grow up and be lol and working while in school. I've become used to a salary lol


Quoting LindaClement:

Interestion question.

I have no idea.




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pamelax3
by Gold Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 4:46 PM

I have a few friends that are PA's and NP's but I am clueless on what all the rules are.. Sorry

fireangel5
by Gold Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 4:51 PM


I don't know any PA's personally except at my Dr.s office and I won't be there for awhile :-/

Quoting pamelax3:

I have a few friends that are PA's and NP's but I am clueless on what all the rules are.. Sorry



LilrockerMama
by Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 5:16 PM
I'd rather be a PA than NP. PA have more of variety I guess. If you want to do ER for a few years then go to oncology you can and you don't have to go back to school like you would for NP.
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fireangel5
by Gold Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 5:58 PM


How come? Methodology? Training?

Quoting Stephanie329:

I know both. Personally I'd go the NP route.



fireangel5
by Gold Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM


Exactly!! I was conflicted before as to whether to pursue nursing or teaching HS science. I chose teaching and I kick myself almost daily. 

Quoting LindaClement:

I think it depends more on what it is you actually want to DO... maybe a job shadow for a week in each will clarify it.

No point in taking the short trip through school to get a job you dislike intensely...

Quoting fireangel5:


My only real confusion is how much time do I want before I become what I want to grow up and be lol and working while in school. I've become used to a salary lol

Quoting LindaClement:

Interestion question.

I have no idea.






fireangel5
by Gold Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 6:02 PM


Really? So you are trained more as a generalist who can move from department to department? 

Quoting LilrockerMama:

I'd rather be a PA than NP. PA have more of variety I guess. If you want to do ER for a few years then go to oncology you can and you don't have to go back to school like you would for NP.



LilrockerMama
by Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 6:21 PM
Yes


Quoting fireangel5:


Really? So you are trained more as a generalist who can move from department to department? 


Quoting LilrockerMama:

I'd rather be a PA than NP. PA have more of variety I guess. If you want to do ER for a few years then go to oncology you can and you don't have to go back to school like you would for NP.





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Toadstoolmama
by Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 6:30 PM
I want to go for PA.

I'm a medical laboratory scientist right now. I want more patient contact. PAs can do anything a doctor can, but they work under the supervision of a MD.

We have a few PAs at the hospital I work at. One works in the ER. The other that I know of works in the NICU. I am going to job shadow one of them to make sure it is really what I want.

I'm still debating on if I should go to med school.

Decisions decisions. Luckily I'm only 23 so I've got some time to think about it!

I still need a few prerequisites for either choice either way.
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fireangel5
by Gold Member on Jan. 21, 2013 at 7:36 PM


You have loads of time. I'm 45 so time is ticking lol. I wanted to go to med school when I was your age. If you can afford it, think about med school. If $/loans is a consideration, go PA, You can be working in 2 years :)

Quoting Toadstoolmama:

I want to go for PA.

I'm a medical laboratory scientist right now. I want more patient contact. PAs can do anything a doctor can, but they work under the supervision of a MD.

We have a few PAs at the hospital I work at. One works in the ER. The other that I know of works in the NICU. I am going to job shadow one of them to make sure it is really what I want.

I'm still debating on if I should go to med school.

Decisions decisions. Luckily I'm only 23 so I've got some time to think about it!

I still need a few prerequisites for either choice either way.



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