Loosing faith in Non-Physician Providers.

First let me start by saying I’m pro PA & NP.  But my faith in their education system, not so much.

I found 2 applications on my desk when I got to work and a note asking my opinion on them. 

Applicant #1 was a 26 year old PA-C.  went right from undergrad into PA school.  Only health care “experience” was shadowing provider.

Applicant #2 was a new grad DNP.  Went right from BSN program into DNP program.  Only nursing experience was doing clinical.  Only did 800 hours in her program.

Both graduated at top of their class.  We are a small rural organization were all our providers have to be self sufficient.

I had to put a big red NO on the return message.

I just don’t get it.  How can the professional organizations support this.  How can either profession maintain any credability?

About craigb.rn

An aging health care provider thoughts on life, love and 30 years of wiping butts. I have a passion for both critical care and education, and my co-workers think I fall into lecture mode way to often.
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3 Responses to Loosing faith in Non-Physician Providers.

  1. Jackie Levin says:

    Thanks for these last 3 blogs. Inspiring and relevant for our personal and professional evolution.

  2. Miguel says:

    Hi, I am an NP ( graduated top of my class). I agree with the education, it is quite laughable. However, I could guarantee you that most of my classmate had a lot more to bring to the Emergency Department of to the ICU that most of the interns I have met.
    There are good and bad nurses and bad nurses rarelly become NP’s. Regardless, I reiterate my opinion that the education sucks. I think I came out of school little more that I entered.

  3. anthonyrn says:

    I was always curious about this as well. One would think that on the job experience would be a qualification for becoming an NP or PA, but that is not the case. I have a goal of becoming a NP, but know that, at this point, I do not have the on-job experience (I have been a nurse for 2 years) to be a great NP so I am gaining experience, learning things that are not taught in nursing classes, and making sure that I have clinical experience and not just book experience.

    IMO, the professional orgs need to step it up and tell the schools that the people entering the NP program need job experience before being accepted to the programs. FWIW, when I first looked into NP programs, a good majority of the ones that I inquired about said that I needed work experience before they would accept me, so maybe the tides are slowly changing.

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