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
Maeve Murtagh graduated from Texas Christian University with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. During the last five years, Murtagh has worked in multiple settings serving the adult and geriatric populations, including outpatient, skilled nursing (long- and short-term care) and acute care. She has performed diagnosis and treatment of disorders related to voice, including assessment using videostroboscopy, swallowing, cognitive-communication disorders, progressive neurological disorders and head-neck cancer.
Murtagh joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences as a core faculty member in 2022.