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NPs & PAs Are Talking – May 7, 2012

Published May 7, 2012 4:26 PM by Kelly Wolfgang

This week, readers of ADVANCE for NPs & PAs let us know their opinions on many posts, comments and articles.

On Facebook, our readers liked career development tips, the newest practices in skincare, NP certification information and the latest posts from our various bloggers. We also posted an article discussing the growing need for primary care physicians. It suggests that a fast-track medical program can offer schooling to more professionals at a lesser cost than a traditional medical program. One reader weighed in, "Great idea. Let's see how difficult the application & admission process will be. Theory sounds ideal." What do you think? Would you go back to school for the chance to be an MD in only 3 years?

Over on LinkedIn, reader Barbara asked, "Has anyone worked for an insurance company as a clinician, helping patients get the services they require?" Check out our community page now to give your feedback and see what other issues are generating discussion between fellow PAs and NPs!

On Twitter, we took a PA poll. "Poll: #Physicianassistants, are you a member of a nat'l or state PA org.? Click ‘home' to vote on RH side of page. http://bit.ly/KlB8hc" If you didn't vote yet, make sure to do so now! Reader @CharlesLehman also included us in his daily newspaper Public Education. "Public Education Today is out! http://bit.ly/eixwVS ▸ Top stories today via @mattryan2000 @wobblyneil @guswhyte @jeffbcdm @advancefornppa," he tweeted. If you have any great PA or NP news to share, make sure to follow us on Twitter and mention us to spread the news!

Heated discussion continued as PAs debated the 10-year recertification cycle change. Reader Paul commented, "I am pleased with a 10 year recert, and my next test will be in 2016. It will be my last as I will be retired by 2026.The interesting thing is that I will now be required to do more than my SP regarding PI-CME since my SP is not board certified. We will probably retire at about the same time, and I'm pretty sure my SP will not be engaged in my process of the new rules."

Adding to the discussion, James wrote, "When are the leaders of our profession going to start listening to the PA's in the ‘trenches'? A survey was done prior to the passage of this change and the OVERWHELMING majority of PA's were against this. The only change that needs to be done is to administer an initial exam following graduation of an accredited program. Subsequent CME's every two years after that is fine. Can ANYONE tell me how the current system makes any of us more competent to practice? Maybe the changes that need to take place are the people who are in leadership positions!!!"

In our Front & Center news section, we discussed some of the latest laws effecting NPs and PAs. Following news that NPs and PAs in Florida will now have access to Medicaid, reader Keischa wrote, "Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! One small step may lead to many!!"

In our blog community, blogger Elizabeth wowed readers by sharing her journey through personal and professional loss and triumph. One commenter noted, "Wow you have such strength, confidence and resilience it really is conveyed in your blog. While not understanding the actions of others, at least you are you are taking the time for yourself and you are starting a wonderful life in your new career. Stay strong focused and successful!" Do you agree with Elizabeth's take on work?

Comments are reposted here verbatim, without editing. We love to get feedback from our readers. If you're not chatting with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, "like", "follow" and "connect" with us and start sharing in the conversations! If you are, keep following and spread the word! Is there something we should be discussing? Let us know!

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