Why Switch From Registered Nurse to Physician Assistant
As an RN, you can have a significant impact on the quality of a patient’s medical care. You may provide medical assistance and spend time building rapport and advocating for patients. However, your functions may be limited by physician directives.
A benefit of being a physician assistant is that in addition to providing hands-on patient care, you may also direct the nature of the care by ordering diagnostics, interpreting results and prescribing medication.
As you gain more clinical knowledge and experience as a PA, you may be given additional responsibilities and make more money. This shift can be satisfying if you are an RN wanting to have a more proactive healthcare role. Becoming a PA also allows you to apply your RN skills and education, while improving your career trajectory.