psychonaut Posted January 25, 2012 Share Posted January 25, 2012 ...how would you want them to answer? I am in my final semester of my NP program. I was (and still am) a huge PA fanboy (I used to post here as "NeoRN," can't get my old account to work so I started this one). One of our classes (on-line, of course) has as it's first assignment to discuss the question, "What is the difference between NPs and PAs?" As you can imagine, the answers all involve the frequent use of the term "holistic" (well, except mine). I did my best (my answer took 6 pages, about 5.5 more pages than anybody else), and my fellow students seem to appreciate the answer, but their own answer was still very much in the tired old "medical model vs. nursing model" and "they are physician extenders and we are a separate profession" lines. Two points in fairness to my classmates: 1) the vast majority emphasized the need for mutual respect and professional cooperation, and 2) they may just be saying what they know our (DNP) instructor wants to hear (I may be the only one cocky/stupid enough to be sick of the BS) I will post quotes (without identifying info as to State or program, and of course identity) if you like. But I would really like some answers that I can likewise post in the discussion. While it would be foolish of me to not acknowledge that this is a good topic to stir folks up, believe it or not I am more interested in making my own profession better, and abandoning our false dogma about PAs (among a zillion other topics) seems a good place to start. I've been reading SDN, allnurses, and of course this forum for several years, before I was a nurse even. I came up reading emedpa, LESH, core0, COntrarian, et al. here and elsewhere. My fellow students apparently had lives and didn't spend all their time on internet discussion forums like me. Help me educate those who are willing to learn, please. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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