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I am an RN and work with both NP and PA. I too am torn between which path to go down. from my experience and research they are subtley different, but neither is "higher" than the other. PA's do have to work under a MD but they can write orders and prescribe drugs. They also have the added bonus of being able to assist in the OR, which unless you get certified as an RN first assist you can't do as an NP. NP's have more autonomy they can practice independently. In arizona it is now a requirement to have your doctorate to become an NP. i have worked with both and both are well trained, intelligent, and i have never heard a patient complaint about not trusting them because they try to be doctors. If these people wanted to be doctors they would have gone to medical school.

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