HPR PA vs. NP Paper

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1 Running head: PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROFESSION VERSUS NURSE PRACTITIONER Physician Assistant Profession Versus Nurse Practitioner Lauren E. Bartush, Laila S. Mansouri and Ashley A. Vanree Grand Valley State University
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2 PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROFESSION VERSUS NURSE PRACTITIONER Physician Assistant Profession Versus Nurse Practitioner On the surface it seems being a Physician Assistant or a Nurse Practitioner are very similar careers to most people, yet that is not that case at all. It seems they play almost the same role in providing patients with health care, although similar they are very different. Many differences can be found in aspects such as education requirements, work environment, work description and personality characteristics. LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES: Licensed Nurse Practitioners, also called Licensed Vocational Nurses in some states, are basically Registered Nurses who have completed more training in medical treatment and diagnosis. Nurse Practitioners are required to work under the supervision of Physicians; although they do share similar responsibilities Nurse Practitioners are very different from Physician Assistants. NPs can diagnose and treat patients like Physician Assistants can; Physician Assistants require more education than NPs. WORK DESCRIPTION: The basic work of an NP includes a wide variety of health care services. The type of people they provide bedside care for may include the sick, injured, someone recovering from an illness or operation, or disabled persons. The way that NPs care for these patients and the amount of supervision required varies by each state (Cross, Hui, and Stanfield 2009). Most NPs are generalist but some can specialize in certain areas such as nursing homes, doctor’s offices or in home health care. The healthcare services NPs provide their patients include tasks such as
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3 recording their vital signs such as height, weight and pulse. After giving patients medicines they may report harmful reactions to those medications or treatments. Especially with elderly patients, PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROFESSION VERSUS NURSE PRACTITIONER NPs might help their patients with eating, bathing, dressing, standing, walking and basic personal hygiene. Nurse Practitioners often Pas perform tests and procedures; these may include collecting the samples that need to be tested, performing the lab tests or recording fluid intake and output. Gathering important information from patients is often performed by NPs, information such as health history that can be used to fill out health insurance forms. This information is then shared with the Physicians or doctors to determine the best course of care for the patient (Cross, Hui, and Stanfield 2009). WORK ENVIRONMENT:
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