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As far as the licensing issues, I would suggest a search here. I will point out that according to Advance for NPs about 2% of NPs have their own practice. Interestingly this is about the same number of PAs that report being self employed. Mostly NPs and PAs work in physician practices and work in the same practice environment.
As far as the PANRE. Most PAs have to take this every six years. It is a comprehensive test that covers basic medical knowledge . This is the direction that most physician certification organizations are going. I find it difficult to believe that you think that demonstrating knowledge is the area that you are trained in is a bad thing. Even if we work in a specialty we are still required to know basic knowledge.
In the place where I work, the PAs must have their notes signed off by an MD. The NPs do not. That is the big difference I notice between having your own license and not. Honestly I don't think I'd want to be a pt of an NP or
a PA that was not affiliated with an MD. Just in case.
I personally don't want an advanced degree, quite happy with my RN. And I mean no offense against PAs. I've known great PAs, and not-so-great. Just like the NPs I've known. :spin:
And yeah, having to take a comprehensive written test every 6 years is a definite 'ugh' factor for me. I'm not ashamed to admit it! And I guarantee, if the BON decided to make RNs take the NCLEX every 5 or 6 years, there'd be a LOT of PO'ed RNs. So yes, your statement demonstrating knowledge is the area that you are trained in is a bad thing
, is a true statement, particularly if you are talking about sitting me in in front of a computer for how ever many hours and taking a written test.