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NPs & PAs Are Talking: Comments & Feedback

Published January 14, 2013 2:57 PM by Kelly Wolfgang
Each month, ADVANCE for NPs & PAs compiles your comments on the latest issues in our Comments & Feedback column. We'd love to hear from you with topics of concern, the latest news for NPs & PAs, what your state organizations are up to, or anything else that piques your interest.

Below are three of our latest Comments & Feedback columns. If you didn't get a chance to weigh in on these topics yet, there's still time! Use the comments section below to let us know what you think.

  • While You Wait: The results of the 2012 National Salary Survey of NPs & PAs will be revealed in February's issue. While you wait for the results, see what some of your fellow clinicians had to say about the 2011 survey findings. We can promise you one thing: You will be pleasantly surprised when you open to the salary article in the February issue of ADVANCE for NPs & PAs.
  • Fast-Track Students vs. The Nurse Veteran: We shared your comments on our NP & PA Student Blog post "Students vs. the Nurse Veteran" by fast-track NP student Terrance Clark. Clark wrote, "New nurses can intuit that a 20-year veteran of nursing has an education that is 20 years out of date. The experience and hands-on knowledge earned does not a current knowledge base make. A new nurse's education is current, therefore they have value to add."
  • PA Week: Night & Day: We highlighted reader submissions from PA Week 2012. Click on the link on the left to see how some PAs celebrated, and how others could use your help in spreading the word and making PA Week 2013 even better.

Have something to say that doesn't fit into our Comments & Feedback column? We accept submissions on all topics. Check out our Writer's Guidelines to find out how you can lend your expertise on the topic of your choice.

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Dear PA and NP Colleagues:

Because pain management is my passion, I was glad that Advance offered an article in 2013.  The author mentioned the American Academy of Pain Management.  I'm a member of the organization and I joined, in part because the certifications offered were open to pain professionals of any profession.  This has just changed!  Unfortunately, the academy has decided that only physicians will be able to take the new exam for Advanced Diploma.  

As nurse and social worker Cicely Saunders, founder of the hospice movement noted, pain is a whole person phenomena. Each discipline brings something to the table and it should be a meeting of equals.  There is no reason that a physician should head the team.


Just want to be treated like an equal,

Susan Janicke, Nurse Practitioner

Susan Janicke, primary care and pain management - FNP, VA February 4, 2014 7:36 AM
Kenyon MN

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