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  1. Hi everyone, I am having a bit of a dilemma! I am currently a student at a small community college in Maine. I started in 2015 and got my Associate in Applied Science in Medical Assisting a year ago this past May. I became certified through the AAMA and started working right away. I worked as a float in rheumatology, neurology, family practice, and OMT specialty. All very beneficial to gaining the knowledge I now have. I initially got my MA degree so I could start taking classes towards my bachelors degree and I would also have a job that would get my patient contact hours that I needed to apply to the PA program. I then realized that school was expensive and got the idea I should apply to nursing school since my school already offered the program and it is very affordable ($92 a credit hour- I am able to pay out of pocket!). I just completed my first year of the nursing program and have one year left before getting my RN degree. I like nursing and think that it takes a very special person to be a nurse- it is not easy! When I decided to go for nursing I let go of the PA dream and figured that I could take baby steps and get my NP degree. First my ADN, then BSN, and then NP. I was offered a paid summer nursing intern position at our local hospital. I have been working as a Tech in ER and floating around shadowing different nursing positions. They do this to help recruitment and allow students to see what they might like when they graduate. Often they offer students a per diem Tech position while they finish their last year of nursing school. I have gotten to work side by side with PAs, NPs, MDs, DOs, through this program and my MA work. I now still feel very passionately that I want to become a PA. I like the training that PA's get versus NP's, I do not like online course work that most NP programs offer. My learning style is more lecture, take notes, study those notes! After talking with a recent NP grad I was a little upset to learn they only practiced 2 hours of suturing in her program (her FNP program was live, not online). From what I have heard NP's don't cover a lot of technical training that a PA does. Ideally I would like to work in an acute care setting such as the ER as a midlevel. This leads me to another point, PAs have so much mobility they can go wherever whenever they wish. They don't have to specialize in certain age groups or settings. If I went to be an NP I definitely feel I would have to go to become an Acute Care NP. Down the road if I ever decided I wanted to go into a different specialty I would have to take a post masters certification. I also like that PA's get more experience in different areas during clinical. NP's do have a lot of experience as you must hold a valid RN license and have been an RN for a couple years, but they don't the same clinical experience that a PA does. The nursing model is good, but I don't love nursing everything is theory theory theory. I like the medical model- what it causing the problem and treat it! I feel as a PA you can still be holistic and treat the person as whole like NP schools emphasize. A conversation about diet and exercise with you patient is not going to hurt. Many people have told me that since I am going to be a nurse I should just go the NP route and as great as that could be it doesn't sound right. My opinion is that becoming a nurse will look good as patient experience coupled with my MA and Tech experience. I don't feel like I have wasted time and that I am learning A LOT! My next step is to figure out how to get a bachelors degree for PA school. Most pre-PA programs grant graduates with a biology degree. This is where I am torn- do I get my BSN online in a year or so or do I get a different degree. The online BSN program gives me a lot of versatility in work schedule as a nurse and then I will have to take my bio 1+2, chem 1+2, Organic chem, stats, and a few other pre-reqs for the PA program I am looking at. Or should I try and use both of my associate degrees towards a bachelors and see what degree I can get that would include the pre-reqs, basically skipping the BSN. I feel as though getting a BSN would be a waste of time, but I don't know if my previous classes will count towards any bachelors other than that. I guess then that there is always the question of not getting into PA school, at least I would still be an RN. I could then figure out where to go from there. Any insight would be greatly appreciated! Thank you all. ? Best, Tyler P.
  2. Hello and good evening, My name is Nikki, and I am an LPN. Currently, I attend an online program through Excelsior College (mostly known for its LPN-RN bridge online). I am majoring in Biology at the moment. This includes courses in Chem, Physics,Statistics and the like of course; however, the program is exclusively online/distance learning. All labs are done electronically through either computer simulation and discussion, or through lab kits shipped to your house. (For example, the A+P kit included a real pig for dissection and you were required to video and photograph the activities.) I am able to take most (if not all) pre-reqs for PA programs with Excelsior and am wondering if the lack of "on ground" lab would be detrimental to my acceptance to some of the programs near me (Western Florida)? Would I be better off switching schools, or programs to the ADN program? My eventual goal was always to be PA, NP, or MD. Any advice would be really appreciated, as I am just starting out and what to do things right.
  3. Looking jobs and came across this company. It appears they are based out of Atlanta and growing pretty quickly, but otherwise don't know much else. It appears that they use the provider in triage model for their PAs, but cannot see if that is something they use at all their sites. I don't mind rotating through that at times along with everyone else, but every day would just be a soul killer. Anyone have any first had experience with working as an EM PA for them that they would like to share?
  4. Hey guys, I was wondering if anyone has any advice on working with one's spouse. My husband is an RN, about to join my ER where I've been a PA for a few years. He has prior ER experience and will do great. We're in our early 30s, been married a few years now. I'm a little anxious about it only because it's uncharted territory for us. [side note, another position isn't an option right now, and he's already accepted and excited about it before anyone jumps in and says "just don't"... ;) ] Thanks for any insight!
  5. Saw this advertisement in the NYC subway and immediately went to the Apple App Store to get more details on this app (search pager on the App Store, do not believe it is available on android). Also can be viewed from their website. https://pager.com Visits from a physician or nurse (does not mention PAs) to provide medical care, covered by most insurances (per App Store description). Very interesting to see if this healthcare delivery model becomes more popular in high density population areas. Less urgent care and fast track visits?
  6. Has anyone used Dr. Najeeb Lectures to study?
  7. I am wondering what the best route to take from your undergrad to PA School is. To me, nursing as opposed to a biology or health sciences, et. would be the most logical, because not only are you taking the same prerequisites as any other major, but you are getting the most hands on experience working directly with patients and in a hospital or other health care setting. You can also get all your clinical hours acquired through this route, and work as a nurse before applying to PA school to finish courses or to pay off loans. Will PA schools see that I am a nurse and think that being a PA was just a second option (which in reality it is the primary goal) and therefore not consider the application as much? Also, will this discourage my advisors and other people I will be working under or learning under during nursing school? I understand getting into PA school is very difficult and extremely competitive and that is why I want something good to fall back on with my undergraduate degree, and nursing has many routes I can take as opposed to some other undergraduate degrees. Any thoughts on this route or if not, a better major to choose?
  8. Hi all - new to the forum and wanting to dip my feet in and get some general advice. I am an RN in my late twenties and have finally (after about 7 years) decided to commit to going back to become a PA. Please trust me when I say I have weighed all of my options between NP/PA/MD, and this path is the right one for me. I am now looking for more general advice on prospective schools. Tuition and cost of living is one of my higher concerns, as I am single and will have to take out financial aid for not only tuition but cost of living as well. I already am going through the ridiculous debt from a BA in psychology and a BSN; it will be paid off before I go to school and I have managed it well, but just like everyone else, I'd ideally like to keep costs as low as possible. I plan on contacting my admissions counselors with my questions, but I'm also curious if there's any specific schools that particularly "like" registered nurses in their programs. Any advice on programs that seem like they may fit my needs is appreciated! I of course plan on doing much more intensive research on these, but I do like to get the direct .02 of other applicants/students/graduates. Thanks so much!
  9. I will graduate in May with an undergraduate degree in psychology from PSU and, for the life of me, can't decide which career path is the right choice. My goal has always been PA school and I've worked my butt off to earn PA grades, but lately I'm becoming concerned that there won't be many jobs by the time I'd graduate from a PA program (Summer 2018). I have a family friend who works in a traveling nursing company and she strongly recommends choosing Nursing over PA as a future career path. There are many factors which contribute to a decision like this (and I could write a small novel debating the two careers), but employability is the most concerning for me. For any/all of you that work in hospitals or are familiar with the industry, do you have any insider information on the future of the PA position? Will there be jobs a few years down the road? Can you answer these questions with confidence? My preference lie in PA because I want to practice medicine and I believe I have the work ethic and commitment necessary to be an effective practitioner, but those loans are daunting for a position that's less popular than nursing, for example.
  10. I am currently an undergraduate in a 5 year nursing program. I was wondering what the actual difference was between a PA and DNP. I know that PA's have received more clinical training, but it seems that DNP's are in school longer and of course get to have the doctor in front of their name. I chose to be a nursing major so that I would be able to have a job right out of school and so i would be able to work (save money and pay for my own grad school) while getting the experience i need to either be a PA or DNP. I keep hearing different things about both professions, but it seems to me that both function at the basic same level of competency, so what is one doing having a doctrate while the other is only at the masters level and why is the master's level being paid more? I have also heard that hospitals prefer to hire DNP's because htey have more experience in actual patient care... I am just extremely conflicted in between the two professions. I did not want to be a doctor because I don't want to be the one that everybody looks at waiting for instructions on how to proceed to save a person's life. I want to aide the doctor, but mainly i want to be a support for the patient through their illness. Especially because of the new healthcare plan that has recently come into effect, i know that the PA and DNP professions are on the rise since they offer cheaper services. What should I do?!?!?
  11. Hi everyone, Nursing or EMT-B for training and getting hours in five years? I have five years from finishing my prerequisites now to gain substantial direct, hands-on patient contact health care experience before applying to PA schools. I say five years because some prerequisites "expire" after this duration by some schools' admissions information. Would it be worth the time, effort and money to spend a year completing an accelerated BSN program to only work as a nurse for 3-4 years? I am also considering being an EMT-B because I can get trained a lot quicker, but it seems nursing is far superior to EMT in terms of the high quality HCE that PA schools covet. I graduated from CU-Boulder with a degree in Environmental Studies last year. My final GPA there was a 4.0, but I anticipate my as-yet-incomplete science/prerequisite GPA to be closer to 3.4. I also speak near-fluent Spanish from 400 hours volunteering at a health clinic in Ecuador, but am otherwise not a spectacular candidate at this point in time. Nursing or EMT-B for training and getting hours in five years? Any input much appreciated! Lukas
  12. I am the VP of my class so naturally I am going to the AAPA conference this year in Toronto. Does anyone have suggestions on which days are the best for us to go to. I know the website had a list of student related dates, but we will not be participating in the bowl challenge and I'm trying to budget out the trip for the other classmates of mine that are going. The fewer days we go the cheaper, but I also don't wanna miss anything, so I just wanted to see if anyone had any recommendations, I have never been to an AAPA conference. Thanks
  13. I got the call today from Lindsey. I can't wait to meet my fellow PA students in May.
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