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  1. I have been asking around and the charge nurse informed me there are no PAs in the Mattel's Children's hospital, ICU, or units that handle acute cases. As I mentioned previously, I work at the liver transplant unit and last year they got rid of their last PA. According to the charge nurse, she said they had hired 3 PAs in the last couple of years. Two of the PAs couldn't even last 6 months because they had no intensive care background and weren't a good fit at the unit. One PA did have ICU experience, but only lasted 1 year and then decided to leave for reasons unknown. She told me that from n
  2. I am really glad I found this post, because I noticed the same thing. I currently work as an intern at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Center and I noticed that there are no PAs in my unit (it is a liver transfer unit). And when I asked the charge nurse about why there are no PAs, she told me that the hospital got rid of PAs in the past two years because they don't know how to handle "acute cases" like the NPs. This really worries me, because UCLA Medical Center is one of the top 3 hospitals in the nation and they don't hire PAs. Or at least they prefer to hire NPs over PAs. Does anyone have any insigh
  3. Did you have any relevant experience before applying for those jobs?
  4. Thank you so much for sharing this. I feel that by the time I finish PA school I will be in a very similar position as yourself. You sound to be doing very well for yourself and your family.
  5. I totally agree. A lot of counselors that I've seen have given me the wrong information or have tired to subtly put me down because of how competitive these programs are.
  6. I've found a similar repayment program funded through the state of California. It stated that I can help repay my loans up to $50k just as long as I exchange 24 months of work in under privileged areas. Do you know how competitive these programs are? The application process seems like applying for a regular scholarship.
  7. That's exactly why I started this thread. I'm in my 20s as well, and I want to know what I'm getting myself into. Specially the financial aspect. What I'm mostly curious is if PA school loans will affect my ability to purchase a home in the future and saving up for my kid's college fund (if I end up deciding to have kids). I know it seems like so far into the future, but this stuff needs a lot of planning lol Finances is a sensitive topic, but it's so important to talk about it openly and honestly.
  8. I would like hear some stories by currently employed PAs or by PA students about their financial status. Have you guys felt that your school loans have set you back from some major life decisions/purchases: like buying your first home, saving enough for retirement, having kids, saving up for your kids college, saving for emergency loans etc. Please share and let us know. I've always been curious how PAs have been willing to taken on the massive loans, and still be able to manage all those financial options that life tends to throw at us. :) Thanks!
  9. You didn't need to do any additional certification for nursing assistant? Because I was looking at that program, and at least in California, it takes two years to complete. Actually nevermind, I found the answer to this. Sorry for the misinformation on my part. I guess the Red Cross offers accelerated courses :) thank you for the info though!
  10. Even if I were to never have a free weekend, I would still not be able to accomplish what you did. How do you guys keep up without burning out? lol good for you though, that all very impressive!
  11. Thank you for the info. When they asked you about it in interviews what were you able to tell them? Specially since it is multiple W's over a time period. Side note: so I was googling that Q-drop term! I couldn't find anything about it, except that it was posted on several universities from Texas; so funny I thought it was "Q" for Quarter! I was thinking, maybe in Texas the quarter system is more popular than the semester. lol
  12. Hello, I am new to this forum and I am seeking some advice. I am currently going onto my 3rd year of undergrad and I plan to acquire healthcare hours after I graduate. This is were I am confused: it seems that most pre-PA hours are obtained by becoming a CNA, EMT, CMA, PCT, LVN etc. But every time I look up for one of these positions the usual requirements are a 2-year certification before you can start working. So do most people finish these 2-year certification AFTER they finish their bachelors? and then work for a couple more years before they apply to PA school? Bachelors -
  13. I know this thread is a few months old, but I was wondering something similar. I was advised by a counselor at the University of Texas at Austin that withdrawals (W) on your transcripts are looked down upon admission committees. Can someone confirm this for me because now I'm worried; I have about 3 (W's) on my transcripts. The (W's) are for non-science courses, but I am still kinda shocked that it would be looked down upon by admissions. And now that I am going into my upper-division course work for my undergrad, I am more than positive that I will withdrawal at least once more. Is my co
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