What would you do? Advice Needed - page 2

by EMEddie | 2,848 Views | 14 Comments

Hello Everyone- I am asking for honest and sincere advice from you guys whom might have been in my dilema position. I am a new grad working in critical care. Before going into my nursing program I was attending a university... Read More


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    Thanks everyone for the great advice given; really appreciated!

    Juan De La Cruz- UC Davis still has the FNP/PA program, the only thing now is that it has been moved to the Master's Program level for both. I talked to the Admissions Director a few days ago. Stanford on the other hand, only has the PA program.
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    Juan De La Cruz- UC Davis still has the FNP/PA program, the only thing now is that it has been moved to the Master's Program level for both. I talked to the Admissions Director a few days ago. Stanford on the other hand, only has the PA program.
    Great! that's an awesome campus with a respected medical center. I assume the program is well regarded.
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    It seems you've gotten a lot of opinions and advice, and I just wanted to add that I graduated with my FNP in December, and I got job offers at both a small primary care practice and in an ICU at a major top five hospital; these jobs couldn't be more different from each other (I took the ICU job). In the ICU where I am now working, 95% of the providers are NPs too, by the way. Providers are providers to some places, they don't necessarily look at the FNP vs. PA, just that you are qualified to do the job at hand. And it's nice to know that if I decide to scale back I can always go to a primary care practice with my degree. NPs have just as many options, trust me. Employers hire qualified people, end of story, regardless of the PA or NP behind your name. Though I will say, at the interview for the primary care provider position, the MD said he prefers NPs, so you may come across a job here or there that would rather hire one over the other, but that's personal preference, it has nothing to do with qualifications, and should not be a reason to pick one program over the other. As some of the others before me have said, stick with what you know, which in this case would be nursing.
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    I may have not put it well. I agree that the two programs are completely different. I was trying to get across that I wish we, as NPs, got the same medical model training. It would make our work smoother. That is what I was trying to say.
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    I totally agree! I am a new grad last year and during my 8 months working in long term care facilities as an NP, there is SO MUCH that they don't teach/never mentioned in NP school. I was a good student, graduated with honor, and several clinical rotation places wanted to hire me after my rotation. Then what, I really don't know much! I guess PA school will provide you more clinical knowledge and medication knowledge, and for NPs, we gotta learn from our experiences. Best luck!


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