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  1. Credit hours are so subjective though. Each PA program sets its own credit hours, but that doesn't necessarily correlate to difficulty. I do agree that on average the typical PA program has enough credit hours to award a doctorate. The schools near me have 82, 94, 89, 94 and 94.5 credit hours. The local DNP program has 81 credit hours.
  2. What most people don't understand is that the DNP is not a specific degree for NPs. You can be a DNP without being a NP. You can be an Informatics nurse, a CRNA, CNM, an administrator, etc. It is not a clinical degree whatsoever. It's the worst thing nursing leadership has decided to implement to date.
  3. I get that this sounds nice... but this doesn't differentiate PAs at all from physicians, as physicians are also practitioners of medicine. They are the original MP - the OG MP, if you will. I have a hard time seeing this becoming the new name if the name change thing ever happens.
  4. "Chronic Lyme Disease" is one of the absolute worst. It's in the same vein as fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, etc. Ugh. Supratentorial... It makes me so glad I work inpatient and I can just ignore this for the most part. "Continue home medications..." I also really, really, really, really dislike DKA patients. And, from a surgical perspective, biliary dyskinesia.
  5. Honestly, this is the strategy that NPs have in gaining independence. Overwhelm the system. Pump out as many NPs as we can. Quality be damned.
  6. Make sure you have a list of questions ready to go. Things such as: Is there call? What does call entail? OR/procedural call vs call for orders and nursing questions vs coming in for consults, etc. Call pay rate?Type of clinic patients - pre op vs post op? Initial encounter vs followups? # required to see - ramp up period?Hours expected to work each week? 40? OT compensation - is there a cap on OT pay?Any opportunity for bonus? What is the structure?Vacation time? How much initial? Accrual?CME time (days/hours) and stipend ($$$)?License fees and yearly fees for organizations covered? Preferably not included in CME.Health insurance? Can family be on plan? Dental/vision? 401K and is there a match? Life insurance? HSA?Loan Repayment? Did you have any applicable experience prior to PA school? Do your clinical experiences relate to this specialty at all? If so, how? Talk it all up in the interview.
  7. Devil's advocate here. There are plenty of pre-hospital RNs, and even more flight RNs. As far as flight teams go, they are nursing led (at least the 2 in my region), with teams comprised of 2 RNs or 1 RN and 1 medic. It is typically these nurses who return to NP school and seek positions such as this. Case Western Reserve actually has an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Sub-Specialty in Flight and Critical Care Transport. I'm not supporting this actually. Perhaps I don't know much about the utility of having APPs work in this manner.
  8. This has already passed in the senate and has been in committee forever in the house. It will pass at some point, like it or not.
  9. Honestly, I wish NPs and PAs would just team up. Compared to the nursing lobby and medical lobby, the PA lobby is a drop in the bucket. The nursing lobby, I'm sure, would be happy to get some extra $$$, and the PAs would actually have a powerful backing for a change.
  10. How would literally any APP work in UC, ER, any hospital setting, etc. I really hope this doesn't pass. Even though you may not be in Texas, a regressive ruling such as this would endanger our practice in every state.
  11. For psych!? No way. For APRNs that is the highest paid specialty, behind anesthesia. I would say $120 yearly minimum from the NPs I know in psych.
  12. Yes, absolutely. I kept track of all bedside procedures and surgical cases as a student, and I still keep track of them. Don't you have to log this information as a student anyways?
  13. This path has crossed my mind a couple of times... I would have to move to a different area though, as I don't see how I could make this combo work in the medical environment in my area. Like I said, CRNAs are really tightly controlled here. Plus, I like my current specialty and role as a NP. I am well respected and trusted by my colleagues, APP and physician alike. My salary is decent (for the area) and I enjoy quite a lot of autonomy. I think this is end game.
  14. This was a 3 year program, so 1 year of didactics alone, then clinical began while didactics continued. So the didactic portion was considered part-time, but the clinical portion was considered full-time. I've detailed the clinical work-load elsewhere on this forum. For medicine rotations, contact hours were counted by patient encounters which were counted by writing a note. And for surgical rotations we had a minimum hour requirement that was counted from "cut to close". It was stringent. Some of us still worked - I continued to hold a casual position picking up a shift or 2 a month on weekends, and then when we had a week off between quarters. I will readily admit that the minimum requirements for PA programs set by ARC-PA far exceeds the minimum requirements for NP programs set by CCNE. But there are NP programs out there that are doing it right. And for what it's worth, as I've stated elsewhere here, there is a large grass roots movement among NPs to increase the CCNE's standards and close diploma mills. Slowly but surely.
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