Quote from msn2010
As amandakash mentioned... shadow them if you can. There is nothing compare to actually seeing them then just hearing other's opinion.
However, since you asked, I will advise that you choose NP. I wanted to become a PA myself during undergrad. Yet, working as a medical assistant and talking to different medical professional and actually see what their roles are, I became a nurse.
A Physician's Assistant will be.... forever working with or mostly under a doctor. As a Nurse Practitioner, you can practice in a clinic, hospital, be an educator, manager, director, politics... The sky is the limit.
Since I am an OR nurse, one of the advantage of being a PA over a NP will be that a PA can assist MD during their surgery where a NP (usually) does not. However, if a NP obtains RNFA role, then NPs can assist MDs in the operating room as well. However, this NP/RNFA is not utilize much as I found.
Hope this helps.
So I'll start off being a jerk and tell you it's Physician Assistant, no 's
. But I guess if I called an NP a nurse I could get a similar reaction.
Second, PAs work in professional association with docs. I know several hundred PAs personally and outside the OR there's not much assisting, not any more than a hospital/group based NP does in taking care of their pts.
I know the dogma, I've read it here 1000 times before. The NPs that come over to the PA forum like to stick in occasionally as well. They like to insist that the legal supervisory relationship PAs have is some sort of looking over the shoulder, hand holding guidance. NPs that work with PAs probably know better....just as I do for the NPs I work with.
There's no need for NPs to try and diminish PA autonomy. We all need to be honest about our respective roles. For the time being, neither is going anywhere.
And on this:
"As a Nurse Practitioner, you can practice in a clinic, hospital, be an educator, manager, director, politics... "
PAs can and DO serve in ALL these roles as well. Where do you get your information? Again, let's learn more about each other and speak knowledgeably about the other before trying to pull for rank.