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Doctors and Nurses: What is the difference between a Physicians

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Doctors and Nurses: What is the difference between a Physician's Assistant and a Nurse Practitioner? Which is more highly trained.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
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Expert:  911Doctor replied 1 year ago.

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Welcome, My answers are for educational purposes only. Remember please, that we do not get paid if you do not click 'accept' / give positive ratings!

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Have you done any research on this to date?

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the reason i ask is that my answer is likely to make a few people mad.

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Customer:

No research. I've been treated by P.A.s quite a bit over the years, but mine has retired and has been replaced by an N.P. This question is for my info only and is not for the public.

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Fair enough.


 

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From my perspective I think PAs, in general, are better clinicians.

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The reason I say this is...

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1. My personal experience working with both over twelve years.

911Doctor :

2. Their training. PAs are trained the way doctors are trained.... By doctors, using the medical model. Their school is longer and harder. You can not get a PA degree online but you CAN get an NP degree online. This may have changed recently but the fact is that the quality control for PA education is high, but the standards are broad for NPS

911Doctor :

This being said, I know a few EXCELLENT NPs and a few BAD PAs, but taken as a whole I find the PAs to be better across the board.

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Thank you. The article you referenced was helpful, too.

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