I personally think it’s better to be a physician if you want autonomy and the ability to do a broader range of care. Physicians can practice independently, have a much deeper understanding of disease processes and aren’t limited in what types of patients they see within Pediatrics. It’s a longer training but higher quality of education and better pay in the long run in most situations. States vary on autonomy, but most require a Doctor supervise NPs in some fashion.
TONYA recommends the following next steps:
- Talk directly with Pediatric NPs and Pediatricians in your community.