I am currently getting ready to graduate from Case Western with a bachelors degree in Biology and Chemistry. I was once on a pre-med track but decided not to pursue it for a couple of reasons. One is that I am over 30 and would really like to start a family fairly soon, another is that I cannot relocate which makes med school a more difficult choice.
Anyway, there are so many options out there for science majors--it's hard to get the fact and even harder to choose. I have finally decided on the ND program at Case's nursing school
. It's 4 more years and I will get a RN, MSN, and ND degree. The people there seem wonderful and this program just seems to feel right for me.
Then I look into the message boards and become plagued with questions that I do not know the answer to. What really is the differance between NP's and PA's? Do PA's really make more money? (Having worked for quite a few years, I know money is not the primary consideration--but I would still like to know.) Is it true that NP's have a hard time finding employment? (I live in Cleveland--I can't relocate to a rural area). Is it true that the future of both NP's and PA's is precarious? (I wouldn't think so--but that is something I have been seeing over and over again). Also, NP's I have personally spoken to seem to LOVE their jobs--is this true for the NP's on this site?
I am still set on becoming an NP--but I like to be as informed as possible. Any info. would really help.