Well, I graduated with an associate's degree, and passed my NCLEX in January. I've been working in an LTC since Feburary. I have an opportunity to return to school, and I've already been accepted to a local college to complete a bachelor's in Nursing. This is the quandry I am in. I'm realizing that nurses are not respected or well treated, and I don't like it. I don't know how long I'll be able to put up with it. I have been headed toward Nurse Practitioner. Is physician's assistant a better goal? What are the differences? Is the same amount of schooling from associate degree RN?
you must obtain your masters for both professions.
from what i know, pas are paid more, however, they work under the supervision/license of an m.d.
nps start off making a bit less, but they pretty much get to "sail their own boat" in figurative terms. when becoming an np, you must specialize in something.
if i am correct, pas can move from field to field and they do not have to "start all over again" per se.
if anyone wants to follow up on this, that would help. i'm sharing what i personally know of the two, as i have started to do some research on both potential paths .
Last edit by *guest* on Aug 24, '09