How did no one here mention this? NPs and PAs are going to be recognized and utilized in Israel! That will be a major change in the philosophy driving medical care in Israel since the founding of the state.
Huge for medicine in general, but not so much for nursing, Will the NP's or PA's alleviate the shortages on med/surg units? Probably not, if anything they will just relieve the doctors of their tedious workload while funneling nurse away from nursing. Dont get me wrong, I am glad that nurse are getting more career options. I am glad of the wide variety career options as well, I just wonder (when the dust settles) how it will work.
Rivka, Nursing and Physicians Assistant are two different fields . While both are in Healthcare and provide services to patients, they are more different than alike. As opposed to common perception, Nursing is not for someone who really wants to be a doctor. Nurses provide healthcare in a total different focus than medicine. Nurses are not Doctors Assistants (unless you consider OR nursing which is a field all to its own). However if you are that regretful why not retrain? Or become a Nurse Practitioner which in my eyes is even greater than PA.
In the US, the scopes of practice, prescription authority, etc. for NPs (and PAs) varies from state to state. In some states, for instance, NPs work with some sort of physician oversight (though not so much as a PA); in others, like NM, they are independent practitioners and prescribers. I suspect that what will evolve in Israel will be the more restrictive model, since Israeli medicine is so deeply rooted in a paternalistic, territorial European model of practice. But it will still open up the field way more than it has been until now.
Rivka, I seem to recall you were interested in NP school. What happened with that?
I am still interested in NP school. I just cannot do it right now. I am 27 years old with a 4 year old, 2 year old and a newborn due on pesach. I plan on putting off going back to school for a while, as I would not be able to cope with going back now, plus time is on my side, still being in my 20's. I just know that in about the same time that it took to become an RN, I could have become a PA. I think I would have liked that field too, despite the differences, and I would likely be getting paid more. I davka switched to nursing because of the Israeli policy and partially because I realized that I really do relate better to the wholistic model of nursing better than the medical model.
Rivka , what a beautifully expressed, honest evaluation of your current status. One of the advantages of nursing is that it is so flexible you can spend your time now building your family and continue your education later. Some other fields like computers dont allow for that. I was once told that you can always redo your kitchen, you can never redo your children. These years are the most precious and essential to their development and your loving guidance can not be replaced by anyone Your family and patients are lucky to have you.