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
Dr. Ashlee Loewen has been an American Association of Nurse Practitioners board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) since 2011, and she has served a variety of clinical and academic organizations. Her work experience includes FNP practice in primary care, urgent care, internal medicine/geriatrics, home-based primary care, skilled nursing, inpatient rehabilitative medicine and community-based medicine. Dr. Loewen’s academic career includes teaching ground-based and virtual for Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs with a strong focus on enhancing the Nurse Practitioner curriculum to create meaningful learning experiences to prepare students for practice. Her research interest includes virtual classroom engagement, OSCEs, clinical and practice readiness, interdisciplinary education and community health.
Dr. Loewen continues her FNP practice at a local rehabilitation hospital and volunteers at Mission House Clinic in Jacksonville Beach, FL. She also serves on the board of directors and is the Medical Advisory Committee Chair for Mission House. Dr. Loewen is co-chair for the Healthcare Education and Training Committee of the North Florida Poly-Drug Task Force. She participates in other local, national and international charitable organizations that focus on advocacy for quality healthcare, health equity and community wellness. Dr. Loewen continues active involvement with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, Northeast Florida Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Loewen has been recognized as a Northeast Florida Great 100 Nurses and Jacksonville Business Journal 40 under 40 award recipient. She joined the University of St. Augustine as the Assistant Program Director of the Nursing program in August 2021.