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absn nursing vs physician assistance

what is the real difference between these two career paths? I find them very similar in nature. I know a nurse with a masters degree has roughly the same 28 months that a pa has in terms of clinical exposure. Is an RN surgical assistant the same as a physician assistant surgical assistant?

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Has 15 years experience. Specializes in OR, education.

An ABSN isn't an advanced degree- someone with this degree would be eligible to take NCLEX-RN and become licensed as an RN. An RNFA requires experience and additional education. NPs (masters or doctorate degree) can also become RNFAs, but would have the expanded scope of practice of an NP outside of the actual surgery as well. An RNFA, PA, and NP would all be able to do the same tasks during a surgery. The difference lies outside of the OR and the scope of practice there. Additionally, NPs follow the nursing model while PAs follow the medical model.


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