Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are advanced healthcare practitioners with similar responsibilities, such as diagnosing illnesses and prescribing medications. However, their training and paths toward certification differ in significant ways. This blog post unpacks the key differences between NPs and PAs to help you determine which career path best aligns with your goals. What Is a Nurse Practitioner? A nurse practitioner (NP) is a licensed clinician who provides comprehensive healthcare to patients of all ages. An NP can work in virtually any healthcare setting, diagnosing patient conditions and prescribing medications. As of October 2022, nurse practitioners have full practice authority in 27 states, meaning that they can practice Read more
Lori Hankins brings more than 20 years of operational experience to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. During her time with USAHS, she has gained the respect of her colleagues by using innovative approaches and strong communication skills to develop an engaged, thriving campus community. In her campus role, Hankins coordinates campus affairs and represents the University within the community while advancing USAHS’s One University culture. Hankins has a Bachelor of Arts from Flagler College.