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. Jaynee Taguchi Meyer is Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for Occupational Therapy Programs at the San Marcos campus. She brings 34 years’ experience in fieldwork education as a Level I and II fieldwork educator, fieldwork site coordinator, clinical education consultant to a nationwide OT, PT, and SLP therapy provider delivering services to skilled nursing facilities, and finally as senior Academic Fieldwork Coordinator (AFWC) for 17 years at the University of Southern California’s Chan Division of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy.
Dr. Meyer is widely known for her expertise and excellence in fieldwork education and supervision. She trained over 1000 OT practitioners and AFWCs in AOTA’s Fieldwork Educator Certificate Program since 2009. Dr. Meyer collaboratively created early international fieldwork experiences in 2004-2005, sending students to Ghana, then Romania, and beyond. She is nationally recognized for her work with OT students with disabilities, fostering their successful fieldwork completion. Dr. Meyer is invited speaker and presenter of a range of fieldwork topics at local, state, national, and international conferences, and published in OT Practice on success for OT students with disabilities in fieldwork, and fieldwork considerations for pregnant OT students. Dr. Meyer was the first author of a chapter on maintaining longevity as an AFWC in the edited book The Essential Guide to Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Education (Costa, 2015). Recent presentations supported novice Academic Fieldwork Coordinators. She was formerly co-chair of the California Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Council, comprised of AFWCs from OT and OTA programs with campuses in California.
Dr. Meyer’s master’s thesis examined factors affecting practitioners’ decisions about taking fieldwork students. Her doctoral work utilized curriculum and program changes to promote post-professional doctorate identity development. She comes with teaching and clinical experience in adult physical rehabilitation.