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  1. Yikes...I make that much w/ zero OT as a new RN o_O with <6 mos. experience. Offers like this makes me question if I want to attempt PA school or...
  2. If there are no written statement that you were dismissed from the program, PA programs won't be able to tell the difference between "was unable to move on to senior year OR the choice to change majors." People change majors all the time lol. Now if they ask, one should not lie about what happened.
  3. ^^^^ tho, you'll also be going up against a lot of well-qualified candidates with 0 to minimal academic blemishes. That said, nursing school can be easier to get into.
  4. I get that, but one should not be compensated less because of a training period. I do not generate revenue, as nurses do not get reimbursed by insurance companies for procedures...yet I am fully compensated during orientation. Your services get reimbursed so no you should not accept $20 during your training period unless it's an accredited residency program or one of those coveted specialties (ie Dermatology/Plastics). I wish you all the best and hope you continue the job search and land a job that will pay you respectfully.
  5. Do nursing so you can kill two birds with one stone. I wish I had done this. Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to go to NP school with a BSN, you can go to PA school. That's like saying if you have a BS in Public Health, why not do MS in Public Health? As a new grad RN, I'm bringing in 73.5K working 37 hrs/week. You'll be able to pay off your school loans within a year before racking up more debt for PA school. Compare that with a useless BS degree (Health Science, Bio, Exercise Physiology, etc). You'll gain some great experience and be compensated well for it.
  6. $20 an hr? I made almost that much as a medical assistant with no MA training. You're a Masters prepared clinician. Get compensated for the training you endured.
  7. Definitely get more experience as an EMT-B. After certain hours as a scribe, you're tapped out. I work in the ED where scribes are part of the team, and what they do is very limited. The ED Techs do more. See if you can transfer into that role?
  8. Ahhh, I try to not read any response so I don't change my mind last minute. Apart from that...I have no idea.
  9. I would say sepsis workup. The pt meets the criteria. Fever, tachycardia, tachypnea, increased pulmonary markings (sounds like PNA---acute lung injury ---> sepsis). What saved the patient: Fluids resuscitation Early broad spectrum abx Flu A+ (no longer SIRs....but sepsis?) What wasn't mentioned that would save the entire ED from a lawsuit and the patient: Were blood cultures drawn to rule in dx of sepsis? Did the pt bounce back and was worked up for sepsis? Lactic VBG done? Am I way off?
  10. I would say pay your deposit so you're guaranteed a seat. As for students being competitive with each other...you're going to find type A personalities in every professional program. I had those in nursing school and I didn't care to hang out with them socially. If they have a low attrition rate, above average first time PANCE pass rate, then by all means. But if you think you won't be successful at this program, save yourself the stress and wait out for the other programs.
  11. I was just about to say this lol. It would be the same on this forum, just take a look at those who decided to do PA as a back up to MD/DO. Nobody likes being thought of "second best" or "first place loser" *in general*. Feel free to private message me. I welcome all questions.
  12. Disclaimer; I am not a PA, PA-C, NP, PA-S, or Pre-PA. 1: You're trained to be a diagnostician under the same philosophy as your physician collaborators. PAs are gaining strides in the medical community, although slower than their NP colleagues, they are achieving more respect by patients and members of the health care team. In training, PAs have a much stronger science-based background as compared to NPs. This is a huge benefit upon graduation but becomes even once the individual gain real-world experience while doing their due diligence in staying up-to-date with current practice. 2: This is a loaded question. Respect is achieved when respect is given. In the general public, both clinicians are respected by patients and their medical team. Politically, NPs are much more powerful than PAs hence why more than half of America favor "independent" practice for NPs and none for PAs. That said, I have yet to witness "independent" practice for NPs in hospitals. Yes, many NPs own their own practice (they have to hire a medical director), as do many PAs. So this is arbitrary and just colorful words. Although anecdotal, two Emergency Departments that I have worked in do not hire NPs on their ER team, only MDs, DOs, and PAs. Their reasoning for hiring PAs was somewhat disrespectful from my interpretation. One ED hires both PAs and NPs as house providers when patients are considered admitted and waiting for an inpatient bed. 3: During its first inception, PAs were encouraged to have specialty mobility. However, during recent years, the Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) and Residencies have become more common making it a tad harder. However, in comparison to NPs who specialize in either Family Care, a generalized concentration, to more specialized areas (Acute Care, Peds, Neonatology, Geriatrics, etc), it is much easier for a PA to go from let's say FM to EM, ICU, Surgery than it is for FNPs to go from FM to ICU without obtaining post-grad NP certificate. 3b: It is much easier for NPs to obtain nonclinical positions due to also being an RN by nature. If you take a look at administrative positions in hospitals, many are filled by RNs or MSN/DNP/PhD wielding RNs. It is not impossible for PAs to obtain such positions, it's just not as common due to the fact many PAs rather be at the bedside. It is encouraged in nursing school that RNs must naturally progress from clinical to administrative/political positions. Their reasoning? To shape the future for the millions of nurses in America. In the end, you must decide what you seek in a career than it is to focus on titles of the profession. Do extensive research; practice limits, political influences, career ladder, and pay. Remember, you should strive to work to live, not live to work. No one should spend more time at work than they do at home doing what they love to do.
  13. The more PCE you attain, the better off your application will be. A variety of PCE would also be in your favor.
  14. Completely understandable but my view on this is why take out another loan for another degree that doesn't guarantee a well-paying job upon graduation and passing their respective boards? Even with a BSN, you can still become a PA, becoming an RN doesn't stop you from progressing. A masters degree in biology sounds great and all but then you're taking out another loan in order to get into PA school (and even then it's not guaranteed). RN isn't the only option (but the fastest and best return on investment) - respiratory therapy, radiation therapy, paramedic, etc. Ace whatever program, get a well-paying job, pay off some loans, gain amazing experience (a biology degree doesn't do this), re-apply to PA school. I had the same mentality during my first undergrad that I never saw myself as an RN and was gung-ho about becoming a PA. Nurses also get a bad rap so that's why I had a hard time convincing myself I'll be okay. I didn't get into PA school with a 3.5 cGPA 3.5 sGPA and it was a reality check about the competitiveness about the field..now with a 3.67 BSN I'm pretty sure if I re-apply I would have better chances. But after some serious consideration, I'm going to stick to this role for a few years and enjoy my new tax bracket while paying off some loans and improve my confidence level (and knowledge base) before contemplating going into 100-150K in debt for a 25K increase in pay. But again, everyone has a different perspective and I wish you nothing but good luck in whatever you decide to do
  15. Man, props to you guys who kept at it for multiple years before getting accepted. I caved in after 1 cycle. The advice I give everyone who endured multiple cycles and is thinking of applying to MPH or an MS in a non-clinical field is to seriously think about an accelerated BSN. The pros are; a well-paying job (new grads are making up to 75K/year - 80-85K easily if you're an overtime wh*re), it can take anywhere from 11-16 months to complete, top-tier patient care experience and more opportunities to advance in a provider type role (PA or NP). As @EMEDPA stated, ADN programs are also another option. WAY cheaper than an ABSN or BSN in general, however, some hospitals prefer BSN graduates due to their magnet status...or bragging reasons "90% of our staff nurses are BSN educated". Here in the Philadelphia region, ADNs are being passed over for BSN grads because you know, there is a nursing school on every street lol.
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