Announcement of Public Workshop, "Examining Health Care Competition" ("Health Care Workshop") Project No. P13-1207
I would urge the FTC to objectively look at the educational (both didactic and internship) of NP and PA programs. One will quickly find that the PA programs require 2000 hours of clinical internship, while the NP programs only require 800 hours of clinical internship. The extra time in clinical internship equates to PAs being far more competent in their clinical decision making abilities as compared to NPs. In addition the PA programs do not require numerous courses in "nursing philosophy" or "nursing history" which do not teach any clinical relevant skills. When deciding on autonomy of clinical practice it is without a doubt that PAs have the education and skills necessary to be autonomous, while NPs lack this expertise. When applying this to health care competition it is clear that the nursing lobby has been able to use their lobbying power to overcome this problem and place PAs (who are far better trained) at an economic disadvantage. I urge the FTC to intervene and level the playing field. Thank you.