The biggest challenges for recently certified PAs are the lack of clinical PA opportunities for recent graduates and the lack of clinical PA opportunities in a geographic area.
Throughout the United States, nurse practitioners are still prevented from exercising their full practice authority - leading to increased frustration as the primary care shortage grows.
As the NP profession celebrates 50 years, take a look back at where the profession started and how far it has come.
Demand for physician assistants is on the rise, and the average salary for PAs has also increased.
When forced to re-evaluate your career, forewarned is forearmed.
Although providers do not have a typical nine-to-five jobs that end when the shift does, it's important to find time to de-stress with enjoyable hobbies.
Employees need to know how what they do adds value to the business and helps both the patient and the physician succeed.
Our progress is the result of standing together, looking toward the future of American health care and saying "We'll be ready when you are."
A growing disconnect between membership and leadership on several issues is prompting many physician assistants to question their support.
Eliminating barriers, increasing funding for PA educational programs and promoting transparency for PA-provided healthcare comprise key initiatives.
Entrenched attitudes may play a role in gender pay inequities among nurse practitioners and physician assistants, but so do salary negotiation skills, experts say.
The skills students learn from preceptors cannot be taught in textbooks.
Finding the right balance between work and family is a struggle for many in health care professions.
Hospitals and clinics that do not meet EHR meaningful use requirements by 2015 will face escalating Medicare and Medicaid payment penalties.
The best health-care providers are successful at achieving a balance between experience and knowledge of the latest clinical evidence.
A patient undergoing myocardial perfusion imaging claims the IV led to nerve damage.
Abortion, circumcision, vaccination and prenatal testing are among many controversial issues that many health-care providers find difficult to discuss.
Although the Affordable Care Act's future may be uncertain, nurse practitioner and physician assistant roles will continue to expand to meet primary care needs.
A serious accident during a patient's discharge leads to potentially life-threatening injuries and a lawsuit.
When it comes to patient care, finding an appropriate balance between emphasizing the need for follow up and causing unnecessary alarm can be difficult.
Despite the positive inroads and contributions that physician assistants and nurse practitioners have made over the past decades, we still face professional opposition.
A name change from "physician assistant" to "physician associate" will require collaboration to redefine the training, responsibilities and privileges of the profession to clarify the health-care community's perceptions of PAs.