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  1. Yeah you’re right, my boss said 1 year until you can go PRN. In reality, I know quitting is not an option haha but I just got a new job:) I think I’ll really like it so I’ll wait another application cycle if I do so that I can apply with more hours. thanks!!
  2. Wow, 10,000 hours is a lot!! I definitely want to keep working while I start taking classes and apply to schools. I even asked my boss if I could go PRN for these reasons and she said no:/ I work nights which is super disruptive to my schedule and life, so I’m trying now to get a day shift position so I can handle taking classes on top of working. Hopefully that will make things better. Thanks for your advice!! I appreciate it a lot:) I’ll apply this time around and hopefully I’ll get lucky with something! I would LOVE to get in this cycle, but we’ll see.
  3. I totally agree with you that your education/experience is what you put into it! I just do not want to feel like I have to do absolutely everything in school, especially pick my own clinical sites (heard that can be a nightmare). I also didn’t spend any money on becoming a nurse (my mom is a saint and paid for it, and will also be paying for PA school). I work on a surgical tele floor, so yes, bedside. I’ve been off orientation for almost 5 months now. I am a very quick learner and already feel like I want to move on, but that is also because I don’t really like nursing which is rushing me into the application process. Rushing is not the smartest answer, but I also know for a fact PA is what I want to do so idk why I should wait. I picked PA route if you couldn’t tell:)
  4. I am a nurse who’s been working full time for 7 months now. That adds up to 1200 direct patient care hours. Is this competitive enough for PA schools (in general.) Looking at HCE alone, I want to know if this is competitive. I know nursing is probably one of the best types of HCE, but my hours are kind of low. I am asking because I want to quit my job in January so I can take the three courses I need to for PA school while studying for the GRE so I can apply this spring. However, I need to be pretty confident I can get into a program this application cycle or else I’m screwing myself over by full blown quitting my job. I live in Chicago, so I would love to get into the Chicago schools. Most of them require 1,000 hours of HCE, but the class profile averages to be like 3-5,000. I know none of you really know, but based on your experience and what you’ve seen/heard, do you think I have a good shot with 1200 nursing hours? I also know there are way many other factors that go into admissions, but my HCE needs to be my strong suit, so that’s why I am only asking about this. thanks!!
  5. Hey guys! I am wondering whether you think I should go to PA or NP school. I’ve been a nurse for 6 months and have around 1,000 hours of experience, and I want to apply in April (1600ish hours at that point) to both PA and NP school. Reason why I want to go to PA school is because of the vigorous curriculum, and from what I’ve heard, NP school seems like a joke. someone told me her teacher told the class “fake it till you make it” and then she dropped out cuz she felt very ill-prepared to be a provider. I just don’t have years and years of nursing experience to provide me with a good foundation for NP school. Would PA be a better route? The only thing is with PA school is that my undergrad GPA was only a 3.2 and my nursing GPA was a 3.6. Will my experience of being a nurse help me get into school? I guess I could always apply to a bunch of PA programs and if I don’t get in, go to NP school. Side note- I want to work in dermatology.
  6. Do you know what kind of NP/PA you want to be? What is the dual program? That sounds intriguing! Also, are there residency programs for NPs?
  7. I understand that there are tons of resources, but I felt the need to open up my own post so I can reply with my own questions if needed. As far as independence, I am not too worried about it. I am also fortunate enough to not need to worry about money. I am leaning towards PA, but I do respect and understand your decision for wanting to be an NP.
  8. Good to hear!! Do you think if I transfer to the OR and be an OR nurse for about a year before I apply is a good idea? The schools around me require 1,000 hours of HCE to even apply but competitive applicants have about 2-3,000. Ill have 1,000 hours (6 months) of med/surg experience and about 2,000 hours of OR experience if I switch. I just dont want them to see OR nursing as not being great HCE since the patient is asleep. I will stay at the bedside if I HAVE to... however it is not something I prefer to do (I love the OR.) I should point out that the HCE portion of my application needs to stand out the most because my GPA is not crazy high.
  9. Based on my post, its pretty clear I have done research regarding the two career paths. I am asking people in the field for advice. Also, it is a little insulting to say that people go the PA route because they haven't done the research to figure out what is best for them, unless you are just talking about psych, but I didn't mention psych at all in my post. TBH, I don't really understand what you are trying to tell me. However, any input is appreciated, so thanks.
  10. I know there are so many threads out there that discuss this, but many are outdated and I want advice based on current practice. I am REALLY struggling trying to decide which route to go. I am currently a new nurse who works at a great hospital on a surgical/tele floor (only 3 months in) and I’m already deciding my plan since I never really wanted to do floor nursing for a long period of time. Benefits to PA- the medical model, the more extensive and thorough training to prepare you, the job variability and ability to specialize more easily (I think I want to do surgery). Also it seems like way more docs hire PAs then NPs (I see more PAs doing physician type things more often on our floor- maybe cuz it’s a surgical floor.) The reason why I don’t want to be an NP is because I don’t have much nursing experience and I feel like NP school won’t prepare me enough, from what I’ve been researching. I also want to be able to have more options to specialize in different areas like you can with PA instead of picking a speciality from the beginning. The nursing model also makes me want to jump off a bridge sometimes with all of the extra “fluff” BS. However, I am reading that PAs don’t have respect from many people (idk if that’s true) and the future for NPs looks a lot better than for PAs. Is this true? Having more respect and a better job outlook would be the only reason I pick NP over PA because I truly feel PA will prepare me more and give me better options to specialize. Thanks in advance!
  11. Hi! So after a ton of researching, I decided I wanted to go to PA school:) I finished nursing school in December and now I work on a surgical/telemetry floor at a very well-known trauma I level hospital in Chicago. You may be wondering why I chose PA over NP. The reason I chose PA school is because I like the medical model approach and feel as if NP school does not provide an extensive enough training program for those without years and years of nursing experience (which I am not willing to do.) I also want to work in surgery (which is dominated by PAs) while also having the ability to change specialties down the line. Do you think these are good reasons to choose PA over NP (because I feel like I am really going against the status quo with picking PA over NP as someone who is already a nurse.) My question is, do you think I have an advantage with getting in because I am a nurse? I will have to get around 1,000 clinical hours before I can apply, but is it better experience if it is nursing experience? I feel like I am not a competitive applicant in terms of my grades. I went to the University of Illinois with a GPA of 3.19. I got my nursing degree through an accelerated BSN program and graduated with a 3.59 gpa. I retook a few science classes and got As/Bs. I am very nervous about not getting in because in Chicago, the PA programs are very competitive. What can I do to increase my chances of getting in? Also, are there other nurses out there who went to PA school instead of NP? What were your reasons and do you regret it? I keep changing my mind, but I am pretty sure I am making the correct decision to become a PA.
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