I am a student worker for a Physician Assistant Program. One day this lady came in and I heard her speaking with our Director. She was basically saying how excited she was about the program and preceded to say "Its not like anyone is going to take a NP over a PA, we're the future." I was astonished and upset. My ultimate goal has always been to become either a neonatal or orthopaedic np. Basically my question is why is there such tension and dislike between the PA's and NP's? That wasn't my first time hearing one of the higher up PA makes comments about NP's. Why?
Feb 1, '12
yes, ditto that. NP, PA and MD students all blow a lot of smoke. It can't be taken seriously. Once credentialed and out there working in the real world, no one seems to care. The only such nonsense I ever hear is from wannabes, various students and other equally uninformed persons. Most of the time when patients say they prefer one or the other, it all boils down to they met a person in one or the other disciplines that they strongly liked/disliked and this swayed their opinion of the entire profession and biased them against the other(s). But I am not aware of any rivalry between NPs and PAs that actually know one another, lol.
I have a (former?) patient who now thinks all NPs are idiots because I wouldn't give him his drug of choice when it fell outside EBGs. He went directly to urgent care and saw a PA who did give him what he wanted. Therefore obviously NPs = stoopid, PAs= genuis. I know this because he wrote me a letter detailing my failure, lol, and the superior care he got at Urgent Care (his z-pack, lol). They probably saved his life!
We blacked out his name and hung it in the lounge with the cartoons.
P.S. Just to clarify, I am not bashing the PA who gave him the z-pack. Frankly, 9/10 providers of any educational background would have just to get this jerk out of the office and I can't blame them a bit. I was just being stubborn after he told me to go eff myself, lol.
Last edit by BlueDevil,DNP on Feb 1, '12