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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. I know there are so many threads out there that discuss this, but many are outdated and I want advice based on current practice.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!
  6. 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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