How many times have you gone through life regretting your current career? For one reason or another, you feel dissatisfied and you rue the day that you decided to go in your current line of work. At the time, it may have seemed like a good idea, but now? You regret it.
Maybe it’s time for a career change. If so, you might want to look into becoming a physician’s assistant. With the increasing shortage of nurses and doctors, now is the perfect time to switch careers and start applying for PA school.
Of course, we understand that it’s not that easy to switch careers and you need to know what you’re getting into. Well, we have 10 reasons why you may want to consider this career.
More often than not, a lot of people have never heard of a PA and they aren’t sure what the career is, some think it’s just another type of nurse. As a PA, you can surprise people when you tell them that you provide treatment, diagnosis, and even prescribe medications. They may look at you with a new found respect!
It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, someone is going to need medical attention. As a PA, you get to provide them with the type of care that they need. Having the ability to make people feel better and get healthy again can be a very rewarding experience.
Becoming a doctor is a very long process that will take at least 15 years of college. Let’s not forget that by the time you’re done medical school and you get that coveted PhD, you’re going to be several hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt—depending on where you go to school.
Becoming a PA isn’t going to take nearly as long (between 5 and 6 years), nor will you rack up a massive tab in student debt, either.
We aren’t saying that doctors aren’t capable of having a family, but in the beginning of their career, it is going to be very difficult. Being a PA is great for younger people who want to be in the medical profession but still want to have a life.
Most doctors will work more than 40 hours (some will work up to 80 hours per week!), whereas a PA can make a decent living with the typical 40 hours.
When you take the PANCE, you will be tested on every body system. You will be trained in a variety of medical specialties and this allows you to specialize in one field of medicine if you want, or you can change your specialty at any time in your career.
This is possible because you get on-the-job training from your supervising professions. So, maybe you are interested in cardiology in the beginning of your career, but you want more excitement. You can go to an emergency medicine group with ease.
As a PA, your brain is an incredibly valuable asset. If you love learning but you hate that you don’t get to use everything you learn, being a PA is perfect for you. Everything you learn is going to be put to use.
There isn’t a day where you can’t use information you’ve learned to devise a curative treatment plan for your patient’s. Your plan could make an incredible impact on your patient’s life!
Unlike nursing, you have a lot of autonomy when it comes to caring for your patients. In some situations, you may be the only person who care provide care for patients, especially if you are practicing in a rural or an impoverish area.
Why, even if you are in an emergency department in the hospital! You will have to interpret a patient’s vital signs, order tests, interpret them, and create a treatment plan. Should you have any questions or concerns, there is always a doctor around that you can talk to, too.
As we mentioned before, there is a shortage of doctors and nurses. This causes there to be problems where there aren’t enough medical professionals who can treat patients.
Not only that, but there are more patients who need to be seen due to increased chronic illnesses, people getting older, and more people having insurance due to the healthcare reform. As a PA, you are able to provide basic care to patients when a doctor cannot.
As part of maintaining your license to be a practicing PA, you are required to continue your medical education. To stay nationally certified, you have to take at least 100 hours of continued medical education every two years. In the medical world, a lot can happen in 2 years, and you get to stay up to date with it!
Our parents often have lofty goals for us as children—dreams of becoming rich, successful, and respected. Being a PA can grant you all of those things (well, rich is a subjective term… BUT you won’t have financial problems if you manage your money well). You’ll have the respect of your family and colleagues.
You get to wake up every morning knowing you’re making a difference. Plus, you get to wear that snazzy white lab coat and a stethoscope! All in all, pretty great reasons to be proud in our book!