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Physician's assistant - any suggestions on how to handle the gruelling demands of this work?

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Question - (28 October 2015) 3 Answers - (Newest, 30 October 2015)
A female Cayman Islands age 26-29, *ollowtheblackrabbit writes:

Hey all!

I'm quite confused about making career choices and really need some advice.

I want to become a Physician Assistant with a focus in Psychology. It took me some time to figure it out but that's where I'd like to go.

I enjoy helping people and am not bothered by blood, sores, injuries etc. I talked to my boyfriend about some options and we thought that it'd be great to be an EMT-Paramedic first and then, attending PA school.

Paramedic hours are grueling I know and I'm concerned about this. I worked overnight for almost two years and my health took a hit, I just can't focus, can't function well with a night schedule no matter what sleep I get in the day.

I'll be working in Florida which has a high demand for the profession. Anyway, I would really appreciate some pointers on how to achieve my goal, how to better handle a grueling schedule and if there are PAs out there, I'd love to know your experiences. Many thanks in advance!

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A female reader, followtheblackrabbit Cayman Islands +, writes (30 October 2015):

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followtheblackrabbit agony auntHi! Thank you for replying! Denizen, I know I can't cherry-pick, I commented on the difficulties I thought about to try and see if anyone had advice on how to better deal with it cause I am willing to sacrifice :) Tisha, thanks SO much for the website you found, helped a lot. I considered being a paramedic first since I kept reading that they would always prefer students with a lot of medical experience to be accepted into the program... Ah so much to think about...

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A female reader, Tisha-1 United States +, writes (30 October 2015):

Tisha-1 agony auntWhy not go straight to school to become a PA? You have listed several reasons why being an EMT would be a problem for you. If you need to earn money in order to attend school to become a PA, you'd also need money to get EMT certification which would include school.

I'd skip the middle step and aim at your main goal.

I found this link for you (sorry for the odd name!)

That link seems to be the most direct connection to Florida-based PAs.

Good luck to you!

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A male reader, Denizen United Kingdom + , writes (30 October 2015):

Denizen agony auntIf you want to be a paramedic you have to accept what goes with it. In return you get a stable job, a reasonable wage, a certain respect from the community, and the all-important 'job satisfaction'.

Sorry but you can't cherry pick.

If you think it won't work for you then go for something else. I wouldn't presume to tell you what that might be. No doubt you have already given some time considering alternatives.

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