I talked to a friend who was thinking either going to nursing program or PA program. She said someone told her the PA program is more difficult coz PA have to learn both medical stuff and nursing stuff. Also, PA take doctors' order and then they order nurses. I'm a nursing student and I have never heard that before from any of my instuctors
. Personally, I don't think they have the authority to give order to any NP or RN. My friend also said that PA earn much more than nurses. If compared PA with LPN, it might be true. But if compared PA with NP, that might not be the case. Anyone here knows more about that? I appreciate for the input.
Jan 15, '05
Here PA's work with an MD and it's the MD who gives the orders. Seems to me the docs who have priviledges at this hospital tend to use RNs and ARNPs more than PAs as their assists, so this probably indicates that the RNs are making less, but I honestly don't know. (Could it possibly be that RNs are just as good as PA's at examining patients and rounding with/for the MD????)
Many times the PAs come in alone and independently write telephone orders or verbal orders and we know they really haven't consulted with the MD, unless it's a really serious situation. But the MDs always sign the orders at a later time. So perhaps this is what your friend means. They come in, examine the patients and write orders, but here at least those orders are always followed with a "telephone order of" or "verbal order of" an M.D.
So to answer the title of your thread, the orders the PA's write are from the MD's, so we do carry out orders PA's write, as we do the RNs who round for the MDs.
Last edit by Tweety on Jan 15, '05