Table 3

Operating room nurses’ (n = 10) perceptions of physician assistants

PerceptionAgree, %Neutral, %Disagree, %
PAs improve the care of orthopedic surgery patients in the OR7030
PAs generally provide a level of surgical assistance superior to GPs9010
PAs are necessary for a surgeon to run 2 operating rooms effectively9010
PAs are important team members in the operating room8020
PAs perform tasks that really should fall within the scope of nursing4060
  • GP = general practitioner; OR = operating room; PA = physician assistant.