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. Helene Vossos is a nationally board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, adult nurse practitioner, nurse educator, author and nursing leader. She began her journey caring for others 30 years ago, became a nurse educator in 2004 and a dually boarded nurse practitioner in 2010. She joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2021.
Dr. Vossos is the President-Elect 2021/President 2022 for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA). She is on the scholar committee at the APNA, has authored many academic book chapters on mental health topics, including several on bipolar spectrum disorder, authored journal articles and presented at scholarly conferences. Dr. Vossos’ research centers on improving mental health/health promotion, access to mental health and partnering with students in doctoral translational clinical research aimed at improving health outcomes for population health.
Known as Dr. “V,” she believes, “There is no whole health, unless there is mental health.”