While I was working with one particular preceptor we got to talking about getting our master's degree. This nurse said that she wanted to go back and get her PA. I asked her why she would get her PA & not her NP & she said that there were mostly PA's that worked in this ER and she found that they were more respected by the docs than the NP's. She said she felt like when the NP's were in the ER there was a "turf war" going on, whereas when the PA's were there that they "knew their place" and that they just seemed to work better with the docs.
This was sad to me on two levels. First that a nurse would not want to further her education AS A NURSE. While I don't want to be a floor nurse, I am PROUD to be a nurse. I love the profession I've chosen and can't wait to further my education as a NURSE. I don't EVER want to be a PA or a MD, I want to be what I decided to be 5 years ago, a well educated, highly respected NURSE. I hate that nurses see being a NP as a negative thing and I made a vow that day to make sure to always show respect for my profession and when I become a NP to make sure to be the best I can be so that I don't give my profession a bad name. Second, it made me sad for the PA's that she thought that they "knew their place". PA school is HARD, and I feel that no matter what they are a great addition to any team, and honestly once all this NP stuff dies down I see PA's following suit in wanting independent practice.
Anyhoo, I made two really great friends on my clinical rotation & I hope that one day I will work with them again, who knows maybe even in that ER. The director said she hires new grads, but I don't think I'll go that path as a new grad. I know enough about myself to know that I need what I'm going to get from med/surg. I need to learn a little more about disease processes & medicines. And while I KNOW I don't want to be a med/surg nurse for any real length of time, I also didn't feel that total "aha" moment on any of my rotations, so for now to med/surg I go.
Here's a pic of our last day in clinical! I seriously love my nursing buddies!
|I'm the 3rd one from the left|