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What is physician assistant vs nurse clinician?

What is physician assistant vs nurse clinician?

NP vs PA: Nps and pas may overlap in many aspects of being physician extenders. Nurse practicianers obtain a bachelors degree in nursing and then additional training to be a np. Physician assistance usually obtain a masters degree. ...Read more

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Do doctors prefer to work with nurse practitioners or physician assistants?

Do doctors prefer to work with nurse practitioners or physician assistants?

Both: It doesn't matter. What matters is the person's skills, knowledge, personality, bedside manner, and teamwork. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor refer a family to his affiliated physician's assistant?

Team work: Physician assistants are trained to work as a team member with a physician. They are qualified to take care of stable conditions and also able to recognize when the physician should be called back in to address a problem. This allows the physician to spend more time with someone that has a less stable condition. This will become more of a necessity in the years ahead as we have fewer physicians. ...Read more

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Should I become a nurse practitioner or physician assistant?

Whatever you want: You can do either one. Just have to look at the training requirements. ...Read more

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Can physician assistants work in a urologist's office?

Yes: Many urologists hire pa's to help them see their patients. They work under the direct supervision of the urologist according to state regulatory guidelines. Each state regulation may be different. ...Read more

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Can a phd (licensed speech therapist) disclose patients records?

Can a phd (licensed speech therapist) disclose patients records?

Without knowing more: Without knowing more details it is difficult to offer a precise answer. The bottom line though is that all licensed clinicians and their office staff are subject to following hipaa(health insurance portability and accountability act which provide for medical record confidentiality while setting standards for communication between providers and non providers. ...Read more

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How do a nurse practitioner and a physician assistant differ?

PA vs NP: Training and education>pa has less training and education than np who must be a registered nurse before going for the np degree. ...Read more

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Can physician assistants specialize in anything?

Yes: Physician assistants (pa's) can have special knowledge in certain areas, such as pediatrics, surgery, obstetrics, etc... Their specialization is usually due to working in the particular specialty for several years. Some pa schools may have programs to help pa's specialize. Licensing rules vary from state to state, so there may or may not be state recognition of any specialized pa's. ...Read more

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How do physician assistants and general practitioners collaborate?

How do physician assistants and general practitioners collaborate?

Many ways.: The scope of practice of pas depends on the state and their specialty. With general practitioners, pas usually work as "extensions" of the physician - and in theory, there should be good oversight of the work done by the pa. The physician should be available to answer questions the pa might have about the clinical case. In some states the pa can work without physician collaboration or backup. ...Read more

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Should I become a physician assistant or family nurse practitioner (emergency focus) to work in the er?

Should I become a physician assistant or family nurse practitioner (emergency focus) to work in the er?

Doesn't matter: Either one is fine. It really depends on your state's laws and local hospitals' regulations on how independent each can be and the prescribing rules for each. The training is different. An np needs to be an rn (with experience) first. A pa goes to school straight from college. There is a training period after each but that varies based on your specialization (e.g. Emergency). ...Read more

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Are physician assistants inferior to doctors?

Differently trained: Physician assistants train for 18 months to 2 years for the purpose of working alongside of (and under the supervision of) physicians, typically in very specific areas. In contrast, physicians train for 7 to 12 years (or more, after college) and are able to function very broadly and independently, although they can become quite specialized. Their functions are different, each with specific roles. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about physicians assistant (neurology or pediatric) vs. pharmacist?

Can you tell me about physicians assistant (neurology or pediatric) vs. pharmacist?

A pharmacist: Is an expert in medication preparation and dispensing while a physicians assistant (PA) is a medical provider. PA's are trained and licensed to evaluate patients. This means taking a history, examining a patient, and diagnosing then treating. In my experience both PA's and pharmacists play important but different roles in healthcare. ...Read more

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Who orders a hida scan.Your primary care dr or a general surgeon?

Who orders a hida scan.Your primary care dr or a general surgeon?

Either: A lot depends on acute or chronic symptoms of gall bladder disease. Acute attack may end up in er with surgical consultation and therefore ordering of study by surgeon. If chronic pain, any physician either primary care, gastroenterologist, internist, or general surgeon can order the test. ...Read more

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Can a doctoral level nurse practitioner seek certification as a psychopharmacologist? Or, is that just for medical doctors?

Can a doctoral level nurse practitioner seek certification as a psychopharmacologist? Or, is that just for medical doctors?

No: There are basic psychopharmacology courses that nurses can take, but none offers "certification as a psychopharmacologist." being able to independently prescribe such medications also depends on the laws in your state. Psychiatrists have many years' specialty training in psychopharmacology, and on-the-job review of their cases. Also, ascp certifies physicians in "advanced psychopharmacology.". ...Read more

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Good obgyn and general practice doctor in pasadena, glendale or burbank, ca area who accepts blue cross hmo?

Good obgyn and general practice doctor in pasadena, glendale or burbank, ca area who accepts blue cross hmo?

HMO doc: You need to look on your list to see who accepts your plan and do your own research. Generally in order to be a bc/bs hmo provider you have to be board certified. ...Read more

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What is your opinion on nurse practitioners as medical providers?

They are valuable : I don't think they should practice independently . They don't have the training to "replace" mds . We have too many professionals "practicing medicine" now days. I understand there are "shortage"and we want "options". ...Read more