Physician assistants (PAs) are trained to perform a variety of tasks, both manual and mental.
Physicians, as well as nurse practitioners, can prescribe medications. However, PAs are best known for their role as nurses. They have experience taking care of both the physical and emotional aspects of a patient.
Physician assistants generally receive a Bachelor of Science in health professions, or a Bachelor of Science in science and technology, from an accredited college or university. They will typically also hold a paramedical license.
They have a variety of responsibilities, such as the daily intake of patients, the supervision of the nurse and nurse aides, taking care of the equipment that the nurse aides need, and also the daily checkups of the patients.
Physician assistants will also have to perform certain tasks that a nurse aide may not perform. For example, they will have to give injections, prescribe medications, and perform other healthcare procedures performed by doctors. The PA will be able to perform these tasks, as well.
If a nurse enters a patient’s room, the PA also enters, to make sure that patient has indeed been admitted to the hospital. He or she will check the patient’s vital signs, and will also make sure that the patient is wearing the needed amount of gowns, and then will close the door.
Physician assistants will have to assist the nurse at the operating room, and also take notes during the surgeries. If a surgery is to be performed over the weekend, they will have to attend it.
If a nurse wishes to administer an antidepressant to a patient, the PA will take them aside. They will then ask the patient if that would help them be more comfortable. If the patient says that they would really rather not take the medication, the PA will be able to tell the nurse that, and the nurse will not give the patient the medication.
The PA will also be able to enter the patient’s room for the night, to ensure that there are no weapons within the patient’s room. He or she will also be able to keep track on any valuables that may be placed within the patient’s room, as well. As well, the PA will be able to make sure that the patient’s room is clean, and any weapons are either placed, or cleaned. Physician assistants will also have a very basic job of keeping track of any medication that is placed by the nurse. The PA will also keep track as to whether or not the patient is taking their medication on time.
If a Physician assistant does not have their own room, they can request one, in which case the PA will have to go to the nurse’s station for their assistance. If the nurse chooses not to assign a PA to assist the nurse, then the PA will have a conversation with the nurse in order to gain their cooperation so that they will be able to assist the nurse. If no PA is assigned, then the PA must go to the nurse’s station to aid the nurse.