Greetings to all!
I am new to posting but not new to this site and love the conversations and different opinions, I am a FNP and would rather be governed by the BON rather than the BOM. NP's can start an independent practice where PA's cannot ( unless the laws have changed) I like the fact that in order to become a NP you have to be a nurse first and many NP's have years of nursing experience before even attempting graduate school. I think this is an asset- I have worked with PA's who have had a degree in ( for instance) Biology, no previous healthcare experience and on to PA school though I realize also that each school has different requirements. I am not suggesting that is wrong just a fact. NP's do not have to have onsite MD visits and I think in most states PA's do. Overall, I see more flexibility in the NP role, however, I want to be clear in that I work with both and healthcare is fortunate to have all of us. I don't ever get into turf isues over NP vs PA as we are all needed. At our medical school in ND, the PA program requires that the applicants are nurses- I find this very interesting, I believe because they want them to have that previous healthcare experience.
I do think PA's and NP's both receive excellent education, One other issue is that of your preceptor, that makes all the difference in the world as to how you will fair in grad school. I was fortunate as my preceptor was a walking medical school and a walking pharmacy also, just brillant so my student NP experience was awsome, some of my colleagues had preceptors that could have cared less if the student was there and they were not interested in teaching them much, in that light, that student will have a hard time. I think the preceptorship makes all the difference in the world regardless of what program one attended.