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- by HappyParamedicRN Oct 24, '10Hi all,
Just wondering if there is such a thing as a PA that works in the NICU???
If so what are they allowed to do, are they at the same level as an NNP?
THanks for any info
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- Oct 25, '10 by NeoNurseTXWe had one and she's gone. She was same level as NNP but worked with the less critical patients. Our NNPs cover for the super sick ones at night.
- Oct 25, '10 by BittyBabyGrowerWe don't use them, only NNP's.
- Oct 25, '10 by ittybabyRNWe have PA's. They work on the same team as the NNP's under the same attending and have the same scope of practice (at least I haven't noticed any difference between having an NNP baby or a PA baby)
- Oct 26, '10 by HappyParamedicRNthank you all for the replies..
BTW Bittybabygrower... I love your profile guy with the tougue!
- Oct 27, '10 by BobbkatI havent' actually counted, but I'm pretty sure that my unit has more PA's than NNP's.
- Oct 28, '10 by littleneoRNWe do not, nor do the other hospitals in our area that I know of. I'm sure that they could be equally effective in their jobs with experience, but I think such a specialized area lends itself to NNPs because NNPs are required to have bedside experience before going to school and their education focuses just on this specialty. PAs might have minimal experience or education specific to neonatal. It would probably take more time/money to train a PA. That said, if you take a fresh NNP and a fresh PA right now, there are probably big differences, but five years down the road I'm sure they would be equally good at what they do.
- Nov 2, '10 by babyRN.yup--although they are salary-based instead of per hour based, eep!