Quote from gentlerain
I heard the difference is that a nursing major teaches you in the nursing model while PA uses the medical model.
I am worried that it will create some conflict in transitioning from RN to PA..
Good luck in your applications!
It is a medical model, but the overall sciences and clinical hours beat the band in terms of preparation compared with NP hours IMHO. The big benefit of NPs used to be that they came from a good many years of clinical practice in highly acute areas
as compared with a number of PAs.
I don't think that is so much the case anymore, b/c people do undergrad in nursing and then move directly into masters programs for nursing. People move straight into MSN programs for NP or CRNA with comparatively little clinical experience--haven't been it clinical nursing long enough to become even the next step up from novice, much less expert. Personally, I don't think NP and CRNA programs should except relatively new nursing grads. Let them first get strong clinical experience under their belts in some ICUs or EDs or the like. By strong, I mean at least five years of full-time experience in acute/critical care. The clinical experience, particularly if it is acute or critical, good quality, and continuous, makes all the difference in terms of clinical judgment and practice IMHO. So, to me, if a person isn't willing to invest time in clinical development as a RN, then I think the patients and the practitioner are better off if the new nurse goes into an excellent PA program
. Also, in terms of ED, I hear that PAs dominate as compared with NPs in ED.
To the original poster, do your research on some good programs, and good luck to you.