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  1. Sometimes I think getting mani and pedicures Q4 weeks instead of Q3 weeks would save me a lot of money?
  2. I'm good at 20-25 patients a day......life is too short to be a factory worker drone PA slave. Ridiculous.
  3. Changing the name of our title would be a good first start......... "Physician Assistant" is kind of weak..... Change the name first, have the NCCPA take some money they bilk us for our membership dues and PANRE dues, etc....and buy a National Ad on TV or a bulletin board promoting our profession in several major US cities. Or a radio ad, or something, jeez. Weak, weak, weak representation.
  4. Interesting responses, thank you, yes of course; part of the team and all. But, it affects my pharmacy numbers. What are the legal ramifications for signing narc scripts for your SP? I know you are covered under your malpractice, but some of these patients, I personally have never seen before, nor will ever see......
  5. No way as a PA, gotta prescribe something.......or patients won't come and see you. Pretty sure about that.
  6. (Nurse) Practitioner is much more of a dignified title IMO. Name is very important and it affects public awareness and perhaps even salaries (?). Just my opinion though.
  7. Come on, "Assistant" is horrible. One person asked me once what I do, and said P. Assistant and he said "oh you hand doctors stuff?" It is the worst name one could ever come up with for a profession. Demeaning with a capital "D." what would you name it then?
  8. Question: I am not in pain mgmt but in Rheumatology. If our SP is away or at another office, myself and the other PA are expected to sign for his pain meds if they stick in our folder of stuff to sign. Well, I am big time getting people down and off pain meds and sending to pain mgmt. Ever since we started getting our Board of Pharmacy (Arizona) report cards last year, my numbers are higher than I would like or feel comfortable with ( High but still in normal range, not outlier thank God). I have inherited patients from a couple other docs no longer there, so that didn't help my numbers. The SP has a lot, lot of pain med pts, stuff I would never prescribe in my own patients, MS, Fentanyl, Methadone, higher dosages of Oxy, lots of Tramadol, and all kinds of dedicated pain mgmt type meds. The thing is: He never really takes time off and that really helps, and don't have to sign that often, but if he is ever gone for whatever reason....we (me and the other PA) are expected to sign for this stuff. The other doctor in the practice does ZERO pain meds (very occasional Tramadol at most) ever since she got her first AZ pharm board report early last year. So that is one less person to help with scripts if needed. I guess my question is: what are the legal ramifications of signing pain meds for your SP? I can't find anything, I did read a very small legal article by an attorney wearing a bow tie, that one should never sign for your SP pain meds, but not much more. I am on a big time no pain med kick, but when I sign for the SP or the other PA when he is on vacation (in fairness, they do sign for me), those numbers go to the pharm board and is added to my count as if it was my patient. I like my job, lots of autonomy, $ is good, very fast paced and I like that. But this is a stressor, and I want to know about legal ramifications signing for your SP? Any thoughts? Will e-prescribe that we will be transitioning in the future, help avoid having to sign for other people's stuff? Thank you!
  9. God I wish!!!! I truly wish I could work from home......
  10. Changing our name to Physician Extender, Practitioner, or Associate is at the crux of this demeaning crap. Until we change that poorly named title of "Assistant" its always going to an uphill battle. The title sucks and is demeaning. Time to change and change it STAT or we will always be the Red Headed step children of the provider world.
  11. Totally overthought this: It's like anything. No one calls you back if they are not interested, but if they are interested you get fairly quick attention. It's the same as dating, getting into PA school, or a job interview. Seriously......
  12. Re-apply. Take a upper level science class or two in the interim ( with A's). Re-apply to the same school you got dropped from and other schools. They will admire your determination, and if you get an interview at that same school, give them a solid 5-10 point plan on how you will succeed if given another opportunity.... Confidence and Determination....only if you really feel you can give it another chance and make it this time around..... If interviewed again, never blame the program or poor circumstances....just focus on what you've done now that makes you able to succeed.... How many different chemical filaments did Edison have to try before he found the right one for his light bulb??
  13. The Rosh is good, just do a little each day, good review and now with the SA/PI being discontinued, it is worth 30 CMEs!!! I guess this is the thread end? NCCPA just DC'd the SA/PI requirement ( thank you!).........
  14. Thank you for this post....I work in Rheumatology and often go to Tramadol....I sometimes have patients that come to me on SSRIs and Tramadol and tell them to stop their Tramadol. Really appreciate this reminder....thread. Esp the seizure disorder reminder.....
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