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. Eilish Byrne is a physical therapist focused on improving the developmental outcomes of infants in the neonatal and cardiac intensive care units. Upon graduation, Dr. Byrne completed a fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 1999, where she treated infants and children in the school, home, outpatient, specialty clinic, inpatient rehab and acute care settings. She joined Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford in 2001 and focused her clinical work in the neonatal and cardiac intensive care settings.
With a particular passion for neuromotor rehab, Dr. Byrne earned her Doctor of Science in Neurologic Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Sciences in 2010. Her research interests include the development and implementation of novel clinical pathways, comparison of instructional methods used in the acute care physical therapy setting and disparities and resilience in healthcare. Dr. Byrne’s teaching experience includes more than 10 years of teaching in Physical Therapist Assistant and continuing education programs. She joined the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program faculty at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences on the San Marcos, CA campus in 2021, where she teaches primarily in the Flexible DPT program.