what's the deal with physician assistants

  1. I took a break from nursing for a couple of years to get my BSN. When I left I had never heard of a physicians assistant and now, a couple of years later, they seem to be everywhere. The NP I see was complaining that insurance companies won't pay for the tests she orders but have no problem with PA ordering tests. She was quite upset about this. I discussed the PA situation with my co-workers and expressed my concern that Physicians seem to be using PAs instead of NPs. My co-workers then looked at me like I was crazy and said they thought physicians preference for a PA was completely understandable. I eventually want to go to graduale school but worry about the future of advanced practice nursing. Can't wait to hear your opinions about this.
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  3. by   sirI
    Hello, emmycRN,

    PAs have been around for years. As for the future of the APN, I see no problems at all. There is room for the two specialties. In my area, the demand is for APN. Demands will be different in different areas of the U.S.
  4. by   core0
    Quote from emmycRN
    I took a break from nursing for a couple of years to get my BSN. When I left I had never heard of a physicians assistant and now, a couple of years later, they seem to be everywhere. The NP I see was complaining that insurance companies won't pay for the tests she orders but have no problem with PA ordering tests. She was quite upset about this. I discussed the PA situation with my co-workers and expressed my concern that Physicians seem to be using PAs instead of NPs. My co-workers then looked at me like I was crazy and said they thought physicians preference for a PA was completely understandable. I eventually want to go to graduale school but worry about the future of advanced practice nursing. Can't wait to hear your opinions about this.
    Please look at 2 of the 5 stickies at the top of this forum. Insurance billing can be a problem for NP practices depending on how the insurance company credentials providers. In our market they only credential physcians so you would have a similar problem. There is room for both professions, but there is wide geographical variation. I would also invite you to look at:
    http://www.aapa.org/ to find out more about PA's and
    http://www.aanp.org/default.asp to find out more about NP's. There is a similar discussion board for PA's at:
    http://www.physicianassistantforum.com/forum353/

    Wow the link thingy actyally works.

    David Carpenter, PA-C

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