To all NPs out there:
I'm still up in the air about NP vs PA. I feel NP makes more sense as I'm an RN and would need no additional coursework. PA, however, definitely has a stronger curriculum and more clinical hours, which I would prefer. One thing I've noticed is that many PA curriculums include a separate lab course designed to teach important clinical skills using models and cadavers. For example, learning to suture on pigs feet. I don't see this class in NP curriculums. I'm wondering if it's included in some other class?
Did you all learn these types of skills in NP school? If so, which class was it part of??
You won't get all those in PA or MD school either.
It is pretty much hit and miss and much depends on which type of NP program you are taking. IF ACNP, you will have many of those included. If FNP you will have others included. Much can be learned during clinicals and after by seeking out mentors.
Quote from IcySageNurse
I was thinking of things like this:
12-lead ECG interpretation
Chest x-ray interpretation
Spirometry & peak flowassessment
Local anesthesia application
Papanicolaou smear test
Central venous line insertion
Intracranial pressure monitoring
Sedation for procedures
Chest tube insertion
Discontinuation of chest tubes
Superficial abscess incision& drainage
And considering the paper I just found showing how few of these skills are taught in NP school, I am quite worried again. I bet PA/MD schools wouldn't show such poor performance.
Last edit by nomadcrna on Jul 6, '13