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  1. AndersenPA— I think you’re right: surgical PAs are largely immune to the effects of the DNP. From what I’ve seen, PAs rule the roost in surgical assisting. In fact, if anyone has stats comparing the number of surgical PAs v. NPs v. RNFAs, that would be insightful. Regarding your comments about “shrinkage”—or, to much more accurately reflect my thoughts, the supposition that many PAs could leave the profession to become MDs through bridge programs—you’re looking at the current landscape, rather than possible future trends. I’m extrapolating out a decade or two, when PAs and NPs are prac
  2. Colorado PA— You make some really good points. Two things to mull over: 1.) Whatever you feel about the DNP’s curriculum, much of what matters in the end is public perception. So if the public knows to call a DNP “doctor,” but knows to call another mid-level provider “Jim” or “Sue,” then that creates a difference in perception for many patients. Same thing goes if the public knows that particular DNP has earned a “doctorate” rather than a BSN or an MSN. 2.) The DNP will give nurse practitioners a new incentive to practice independently from physicians. It could also put m
  3. Nurse practitioner educational programs are starting to migrate from the master’s level to the doctoral level, leading to the “Doctor of Nurse Practitioner” degree. Right now, the DNP is officially geared toward nurse practitioners in “leadership roles,” but—reading between the lines—I believe the AACN credentialing body is likely seeking the DNP for the majority of future practitioners. See this info from the American Association of the Colleges of Nursing: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/DNP/dnpfaq.htm Meanwhile, physician assistant programs remain at the M.S. or even B.S. levels. In t
  4. Hi, Marilyn-- After thinking it over, I actually disagree with the idea to rename "physician assistants" as "physician associates." It still gives a somewhat similar connotation, whereas the title "nurse practitioner" connotes (to me) something a little more professional. In fact, I'd personally rename PAs as "medical practitioners" and then call PAs and NPs together "health care practitioners" or "patient practitioners"--or something similar. Whether PAs should practice independently (and in which specialties) is a whole other issue--but I feel PAs would be happier seeking a mor
  5. Based on my personal observations over the years, Vanderbilt University's massive nurse practitioner program led to a overabundance of underpaid nurse practitioners throughout the state. Salaries were extremely low for many years (until maybe 2007-2008?), with a good number of NPs earning less than RNs in other states. This factor DRAMATICALLY reduced the demand for PAs in Tennessee. This is one factor of many, and so I don't believe you can pin the entire PA issue in Tennessee on the AAPA. In fact, as a recruiter I currently have two oncology PA openings in Texas. And these employers pref
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