I was initially attracted to the Physician Assistant role during my nursing clinical placements. Through my rotations, I have had the opportunity to work alongside several PAs. Their knowledge, professionalism, and scope of practice were impressive. I was immediately intrigued and utilized every available opportunity to ask questions about their roles and responsibilities.
I am always the student hovering over the physician’s shoulder asking questions, trying to understand each intervention, prescription, diagnostic test and procedure, and how these impact the patient’s care plan.
During my shadowing shift, I was able to appreciate the true scope and depth of the PA’s practice. Being able to perform a variety of interventions is one of the main driving factors that initially made me interested in having a career in healthcare.
The concept of being able to practice to the full scope of your supervising physician is an exciting aspect of the PA profession. Not only would this level of education and role allow for me to provide higher quality care to my patients, but it would provide me with the opportunity to continue to develop professionally while helping to bridge some of the gaps in the current healthcare system.