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The Role of The Physician Assistant And Nurse Practitioner

The positions of nurse practitioner and physician assistant were created approximately 30 years ago. Since then, the role and responsibilities of these individuals have developed and grown and now may include involvement in the care of hospitalized patients. The intent of this statement is to suggest a manner in which nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants may participate in and contribute to the care of the hospitalized child on the general inpatient unit, among other areas.


What Is A PA?

Physician Assistants
by Wendy J. Meyeroff
Monster Contributing Writer

Working alongside physicians, Bill Mahaffy has harvested arteries and treated patients in cardiac-care units, but he’s not a physician; he’s a physician assistant (PA), an occupation that is expected to be one of the fastest-growing over the coming years.

PAs, who work under the supervision of doctors, are highly trained, licensed healthcare professionals who treat and diagnose patients, perform various medical procedures and act as a liaison with nurses,


Why Physician Assistant School May be Right for You

It’s one of the fastest growing careers in the country. Learn about how to get into a top program.
By Brian Burnsed
Posted August 6, 2010

After graduating from Manhattan College in 2004, Jason Lightbody had aspirations to pursue a career in the medical field, but didn’t want to sacrifice his personal life to the rigors of medical school, a residency, and life as a physician. He remembered being treated by a physician assistant for injuries he sustained as a soccer player at Methodist University during his first two years of school,


Medicare 2010 Fee Update

By Barbara C. Phillips, NP on June 15, 2010

Nurse Practitioners that accept Medicare in their practices need to be aware of how this will impact their practices. With the exception of Midwives, NPs are allowed only 85% of the physician allowable. Here is the update:

The Continuing Extension Act of 2010, enacted on April 15, 2010, extended the zero percent (0%) update to the 2010 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) through May 31,


Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioners and Health Care reform

This post focuses on a key question in health care reform — will there be enough doctors to go around? With plans to extend insurance to some 47 million people, the current primary care doctor shortage will only get worse, many say. One solution could be to increase the role of nurse practitioners.

The piece generated positive feedback and lots of interesting responses from readers across the spectrum about primary care, nursing and the reform debate.


Litton Resource Blog

Welcome to the Litton Resource Blog. We are glad you stopped by to see what we are all about. The purpose of this blog is to share information, articles and hot job postings of Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetists, Clinical Nurse Specialists that we hope visitors will find interesting and informative. We will share opinions and advice on career related matters that we hope will help you in your job search. We will also share articles that we find on the net that pertain to healthcare and specifically advanced practice professionals.