NP vs PA

  1. In general is it easier to get a job as a PA or an NP? Do doctors/hospitals prefer one over the other when hiring?
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  3. by   HouTx
    In my experience, hospitals prefer to hire NPs - but physicians may prefer PAs. Hospital care is nursing-based, so NPs are a better fit in any role that has heavy interaction with patient care units. NP roles in hospitals frequently involve some teaching/mentoring of specialty care nurses & this would not really work with a PA.
  4. by   kguill975
    If you're considering a surgical specialty, it's not that easy getting a foot in the door as a NP. In general, NPs don't have a surgical rotation in grad school, so PAs are definitely more favored for those roles.