Hi, everyone! I am a little confused and hope I can get some advice. I have always wanted to be a healthcare professional, but I was not sure exactly of what I wanted to become. I have a B.A., and was accepted in a Physician Assistant Program this year. However, I was not able to attend as my brother was very ill and I decided to defer my admission to take care of my brother. I spent everyday with my brother at the hospital for a month. At the hospital, I met more PA's, doctors, and nurses. Some PA's seemed unhappy with what they did( one said she did everything for the doctors and was not very friendly with the patients). I never thought about nursing until I spent so much time at the hospital with my brother, where I noticed that nurses spend a lot more time than doctors and PA with the patients, and in many occasions seem a lot more caring and supportive towards patients and their families. Can anyone tell me how they view PA's? Also how is the job outlook for Nurse Practitioners??
Oct 25, '05
First of all I'd like to commend you for considering the healthcare profession. What is your ultimate goal? You will encounter a lot of disgruntled, burnt out and frustuated healthcare workers. I am RN for 11 yrs now and would not stop being a primary care nurse till I am told that I am too old or too slow or too incopetent to continue. I used to be a chemical engineer. Big bucks in that career but I chose nursing. I was offered managerial position, been a DON, charge nurse had a the option to go to med school or even get my MSN, decided I am very pleased with what I do now. What counts is what you feel you will enjoy doing and what your priorities. You want to get paid more? You want the greatest satisfaction with equal compensation? Now a days, you can get paid more than PA or even a Nurse practioner. In some cases, more than a family physician. The works are out there, just have to network and expand your expertise once you get through that initial phase. Good luck to you.:wink2:
Oct 25, '05
Hello, bluemoon78, and welcome to allnurses!
If you go to the top of the screen and click on the drop-down menus for Nursing Discussions and then Nursing Specialty Forums, you will find there is a specific Nurse Practitioner forum. There are numerous threads there that discuss your very questions, and you will be able to get a lot of information/opinions.
Best wishes for your journey!