Quote from marty6001
While I admire your enthuisam regarding PA's, APRN's also can change specialities almost as easy. As an acute care APRN, I have a variety of in and outpatient specialities I can choose from, as well as returning to academia. A PA is locked in as a PA, with little else to fall back on.
While being a MD is great for people that want to be MD's, there must have been something that first drove you to nursing. Be it the close patient contact, the holistic picture, or just being a nurse, something drove you to the profession. You should interalize your thoughts and see what you really want to be. Good luck!!!
what kind of APRN are you? After all, you even admit "almost" as easy. It is a fact that it is outside a PNP's scope to treat adults and outside a ANP's scope to see children. More and more states are cracking down on FNPs (texas, oregon) and making sure that they remain in outpatient subacute care areas. There are no "types" of PAs. A cardiothoracic PA is a PA. an emergency medicine PA is a PA. The lateral mobility of the PA profession simply exceeds that of advanced practice nursing and paralels that of registered nurses.
Nothing to fall back on? I'm dissapointed by that statement. PAs work in sales, teach in all different types of programs (uncluding nursing programs
), own their own clinics, are administrators in MD schools and hospitals, have consulting businesses, are employed by insurance agencies, and are expert witnesses in malpractice cases. Not only is there plenty to "fall back on" there is actually no need to fall back on anything. A simple google search for "physician assistant jobs" will show that PA jobs far exceed licensed PAs.
Although I appreciate your input, my post was directed towards the OP for THEIR benefit. I am sorry if it bothered you but what I told the OP was the truth.