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  1. Sage Advice for New Graduates Robert M. Blumm, PA-C Emeritus, DFAAPA Congratulations! Many of you will be graduating from your PA & NP programs in the coming months. You are about to set out on a clinical career journey that could be as long as forty years. A few years ago, my wife and I planned a trip to Italy where we would visit all of the sights of Rome and Florence. Twelve days in Europe was a gift to ourselves - for me after many years of practice and for her, a lifetime of teaching Humanities to high school students. Our journey started s
  2. Future Standards for PAs and NPs Bob Blumm, PA, DFAAPA, PA-C Emeritus Standards: it seems as if everyone is talking about them today. We are either creating standards, improving standards, setting new standards or raising standards. Ultimately, as decades pass, standards grow, and this seems appropriate considering the health care needs in the United States and our world standing in that sphere. Like most Americans, I had always assumed that we were naturally - Number One - but was disheartened to discover that my assumptions were grounded in my patriotism and not in evide
  3. What’s In A Spoonful? Robert M. Blumm, MA, PA-C Emeritus, DFAAPA Being a grandfather or grandmother is one of life’s most rewarding experiences. While reliving the early stages of life with our grandchildren we can enjoy their movies and get a second chance at some which we may have missed. I was recently watching Mary Poppins with my grandkids and found it delightful and uplifting. For days, I was rehashing that famous song in my head, “just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” As a clinician, I paused with some concern as I had to ask myself: What, act
  4. I just moved to NoCal (Silicon Valley) area due to my husband's new job. My attending in Florida contacted his friend at a major university here and got me my dream job. I have five years of pediatric surgery experience and have been told that I am expected to train the other NPs in the group (who all have less than or around one year of experience in the subspecialty). I am less than one week into my job and today I found out that one NP (who has just over one year of experience) is being paid slightly more than me. Apparently this institution counts nursing experience as part of their calcul
  5. Has anyone seen this on change.org https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-independent-practice-for-physician-assistants-and-nurse-pracitioners Pretty much it's making the argument that PAs and NPs should be allowed to practice independly in family medicine to help with the opioid and mental health crisis. Thoughts? Some of the points seem pretty valid. Please delete if someone's already seen it.
  6. Hey all, I'm having some trouble deciding between becoming an RN or becoming a PA. I know there are many differences between the two professions, but that only seems to make my decision harder. Recently I just got accepted into my schools nursing program, but I'm not sure if I want to go through with it. For a very long time now I have wanted to be a PA but pretty much ruled it out because I thought the path it took to get there would be too hard. I have never been a straight A student (A's and B's with a rare C), and I know GPA is a heavily weighted factor in even getting considered for
  7. I am RN with bachelor's, a mom to a 2 year old (family). I have 1 year experience in psychiatric nursing and 2 years in Med-surg. I had made my decision to go PA route with keeping these following things in mind ( on-campus education, more clinical hour in training while in school, medical model of studying, status quo of working under a physician rather than even after NP be considered a Nurse). PA route entails me to be able to apply to limited schools (1 or 2) due to family obligation and spouse not wanting to move. To retake all pre-requisite since mine are post 9 year mark + apply in
  8. Hi everyone, I will be a new grad soon and looking for employment. My number 1 city I plan to look in for employment has significantly more NP job postings than PA. Has anyone had luck getting an interview from an NP posting? Or better yet, an offer? Were you basically convincing them why PA is better? Any advice is appreciated!
  9. Allow me to vent my frustration: In searching for a job in a NP saturated area where most docs only know about NPs and not PAs...... I applied to a position that says "Advance Practice Clinician" and got instant interest from the HR rep. We were talking back and forth and she was going to set up a site visit and interview. Suddenly she drops off the face of the planet and I cannot reach her for 2 weeks..... I see the job posting again and it now says "Nurse Practitioner." I really don't want to leave KY. I am going to be doing cold calls/letters this week.
  10. jordanvilla

    LOR Advice

    Hello All, Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend. I had a quick inquiry for everyone. For my LOR's I am getting one from a PA I've been shadowing and one from a MD I've been scribing for. However, I feel a little challenged with my 3rd LOR. I work with a Nurse Practioner very closely at one of my jobs and was wondering how a LOR would look coming from a NP? Would that be contradictory or a nice variety of health care providers? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Jordan
  11. The following video is one of the national ads by the AANP pushing for NP independence and autonomy. It shows a cardiology nurse practitioner ("doctor") explaining diastolic heart failure. In the video she says "there are two types of diastolic heart failure: systolic and diastolic." Twice. I am embarrassed for them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYyrW7gev7Y
  12. Minnesota is a great state in which to practice as a PA. The medical culture here is fairly PA-positive, as well. I'm very happy with my full prescribing rights, my off-site supervising, the two meetings in person per year with my collaborating MD. But oh man, is it becoming a good environment for the NPs. A recent change to state law removed the need for NPs to have oversight from MDs, and the U of MN is actually opening a neighborhood primary care clinic staffed entirely with NPs. http://bringmethenews.com/2015/03/25/the-nurse-practitioner-will-see-you-now-u-of-m-set-to-open-nurse-on
  13. Hey all - I was wondering what the work dynamic between you and your attending physicians is? For instance, do the attendings see all the patients you see? Are some places more autonomous and the attendings will only see the really sick patients? How many patients are you expected to see in a shift? How many patients are you expected to manage at a given time? I have been doing EM for about 18 months and had one month of orientation. This is my first job out of school. During a fast track shift, the attending will not see any of my patients unless I have a question or concern about a pa
  14. Hi! First time poster here. I want to start off by saying that I got accepted into PA school and am extremely excited for the opportunity, it truely is a dream come true! I have been doing a lot of research into the future of the profession and I would like to hear your thoughts about where you see the profession heading. 1. Do you believe that within the next 10 or 20 years specialty certification will be required for all specialties and employment opportunities? If so do you think it would be a positive change? 2. All you read about nowdays is that PAs are needed more tha
  15. Attached is an article written by a Nurse with a doctorate of nursing science. Since I see so many talk about how negative nurses are about PAs, which I personally don't see often, I thought it would be nice for all to see how one institution sees them as equals and advocates for both practicing at the top of their license.
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