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Physician Assistants - Best Place to Work

Job Outlook for Physician Assistants: Best and Worst Places to Work

In 2014, U.S. News and World Report ranked physician assistant (PA) as a top 15 job pick in the US, with a 30% projected growth in opportunities through 2020. Average starting salaries are very appealing, as is the flexibility to practice in various medical specialties without the requirement of additional education or training. Numerous specialty options exist to satisfy a wide variety of interests.

But where is the best place to practice medicine as a PA? It’s not always about money, as most people feel that quality of life, comfort, and proximity to family all factor into the equation. PAs can practice and prescribe medicine in all 50 states and in the District of Columbia, though specific regulations vary from state to state. A typical workday consists of diagnosing and treating illness; physical examinations; counseling patients; ordering therapies, lab tests, and X-rays; prescribing medications; recording patient progress; taking medical histories; treating injuries by suturing, splinting, or casting, and performing or assisting in surgeries. All of these responsibilities help to inspire passion for the job.

Long Shifts Lead to Nurse Burnout and Dissatisfied Patients

Long Shifts Lead to Nurse Burnout and Dissatisfied Patients

In the first study to examine the relationship between nurse shift length and patients’ assessment of care, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing report that nurses working shifts of ten hours or longer were up to two and a half times more likely than nurses working shorter shifts to experience burnout and job dissatisfaction. Furthermore, seven out of ten patient outcomes were significantly and adversely affected by the longest shifts.

Nurse Burnout

Nurse Burnout: Overworked and Underappreciated

When Kitty Forman, the quirky mother of Eric Forman and wife of Red Forman in That ’70s Show, wasn’t busy mediating conflicts between her husband and son, she was a nurse. When Kitty is seen in her uniform, she is often portrayed as overworked and underappreciated. In the episode Career Day, Eric accompanies Kitty to the hospital and is amazed with all she has to do on a daily basis. One of Kitty’s coworkers tells him that his mother “does the work of 5 nurses.” In many episodes, Kitty is forced to neglect her roles as a mother and wife to work long shifts at the hospital. At one point in the series, she quits her job as a nurse because she finds herself struggling with balancing her home life and work. Is this how real-life nurses typically feel about their profession? Is “nurse burnout” a problem in America?

How Doctors Can Manage Stress

How Doctors Can Manage Stress

People rarely consider the levels of stress that physicians have to cope with throughout their careers, as well as on a daily basis, including getting into and graduating medical school, clinical training, establishing a practice, doctor-patient relationships, medical malpractice suits, and long work days, among many others. Stress will eventually affect most physicians. This job stress can lead to exhaustion, poor health, depression, and substance abuse. If you can’t take care of yourself, how do you expect to take care of your patients?

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