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. Vanessa Grijalba (“Dr.G”) has worked with clients across the lifespan and in various settings from acute care to home health. Most of her experience has been with the adult population in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings. She found her passion in orthopedic rehabilitation, most recently as a private outpatient clinic as the lead Certified Hand Therapist. Dr. Grijalba joined the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2021.
Dr. Grijalba received her Bachelor of Health Services Administration from Florida International University and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Occupational Therapy from Boston University. She is inspired by the possibility of innovation in the occupational therapy world and dedicated her doctoral project to pioneering a role for occupational therapists in the care of women in an obstetrics and gynecology primary care team.