Looking back.. any regrets as NP instead of PA?
- 0Dec 19, '12 by gentlerainFrom your personal experience, have any of you NP wished you went the PA route?
I'm having the hardest time deciding but I'm leaning towards NP because I know it's easier to get accepted into a program. However I actually am more interested in the medical model.
- 3Dec 20, '12 by NPjhHonestly no, I would not choose to be a PA. I have more autonomy in my state as an NP. Several of my colleagues own their own clinics. I would however look into your choice of NP or PA programs carefully. Our local NP program is more competitive than the PA programs here. Most employers in my area prefer NPs, so the jobs are limited for PAs.
- 0Dec 20, '12 by myelinI was about to say... competitiveness is relative. There are extremely competitive NP programs out there at the top schools, feel free to pursue them. I would only choose PA if I knew that I had no interest in research/teaching/going abroad and that I wanted to be in the hospital only (emergency med/surgical). Otherwise, NP all the way.
- 1Dec 20, '12 by mammac5No regrets. I'm an NP who attended a program that has a competitive entry process - and I felt darn fortunate to be offered admission! It was a great program that prepared me to use my gifts, talents, and skills to serve others in a way that (I hope) makes their lives better.
- 0Dec 21, '12 by annfaithNo Regrets. I am an NP and love the challenge that the position brings. We have to be diligent in our learning and stay up to date on the ever changing world of nursing, I love the autonomy and the responsibility but recognize the importance of networking and sharing with collegues. My PA counterparts are often a part of that equation.
- 0Dec 21, '12 by ChristineNHonestly I am an FNP student and am wondering if I will regret doing the FNP track as my current area of interest for specialization is ER, which I do not think my FNP program will adequately prepare me for. Even though I am considering doing an ACNP certificate post-graduation, I still worry that a PA may be more competitive in the ER.
- 0Dec 21, '12 by SycamoreGuyQuote from ChristineNA post-masters emergency medicine certification for FNPs or ACNPs would be great. I have heard rumors there is one coming down the pipeline.Honestly I am an FNP student and am wondering if I will regret doing the FNP track as my current area of interest for specialization is ER, which I do not think my FNP program will adequately prepare me for. Even though I am considering doing an ACNP certificate post-graduation, I still worry that a PA may be more competitive in the ER.