Quote from IcySageNurse
I was thinking of things like this:
12-lead ECG interpretation
Chest x-ray interpretation
Spirometry & peak flowassessment
Local anesthesia application
Papanicolaou smear test
Central venous line insertion
Intracranial pressure monitoring
Sedation for procedures
Chest tube insertion
Discontinuation of chest tubes
Superficial abscess incision& drainage
And considering the paper I just found showing how few of these skills are taught in NP school, I am quite worried again. I bet PA/MD schools wouldn't show such poor performance.
Got all of it, except for the Pap (no thank you). You need an ACNP program. We had a cadaver lab, in collaboration with the physical therapy doctoral students. We had a critical care lab that included CT insertion, intubations, LP punctures, and suturing. I got further experience in suturing, splinting/casting, local anesthesia insertion, I&D of abscesses, wound debridement, and wound packing in my ER rotation. I got art line insertions/ central line insertions/CT insertions & discontinuations /intubations/ paracentesis/IABP/ & ICP monitoring in my critical care rotations in SICU/Neuro ICU & Surgical Tele/Stepdown. While these concepts are taught in class/lab (including peak flow & spirometry, CXR interpretation, and 12 lead EKG) you won't really get a grasp until you're in clinical, so the key is to only accept clinical assignments that will give you these things. Another important aspect is to consider the specialties of your instructors. One of my instructors was an ENP, so she knew where to put me, based on what I wanted to do (surgery). My other instructor was an ACNP/FNP, so he knew where to send students based on their desire to do critical care or an office based specialty practice. You can look at the professor's bios on your school's website. Also, ask your colleagues about what programs they're in, and what's offered. No offense, but I wouldn't rely on journals to make this decision, you need real time info. What do you want to do???? I knew I was going into surgery based on my experience as a RN, which is the ONLY instance that I advocate for PA. I couldn't go the PA route because I needed to work full-time and go to school part-time. Everything else you get a good foundation in NP school, and learn the rest in practice. Once again, what do you want to do???? Who do you want to treat???? No kids for me, no thank you. I knew it was adult and acute care. Good Luck to you making your decision.