I am not an NP. I am a full time rapid response nurse at a teaching hospital. This morning I stopped in to residents office to update the night residents on what had happened with their patients and what I had done. They were in the middel of sign out to the day team including several interns, residents, the chief resident and the attending. After I was done an intern speaks up and says "PMFB you should become a PA!". This was met with a rousing round of "NOooos" & "no way!" from the residents and attending. The intern looked confused. The chief resident leans over to her and says "PAs are at the bottom of the medical word. PMFB should become and NP, they are at the top of the nursing world".
The attending and other residents all readily agreed. I thought it was an interesting insight into physician thoughts about mid levels.
Interesting to hear docs being so critical of PAs. I think PAs are really well-trained for the most part and deserve credit for the great work they do. Not that I don't think NPs can be great as well, I certainly think that, after all, I am becoming one.
The fact that they're often chained to a doc makes people think a PA can do less, or so it seems. I dunno. I think NPs and PAs should unite to promote our shared interests.
Last edit by myelin on Oct 24, '12