Can you work as an R.N. after you obtain a N.P. degree?
- 0May 30, '12 by kjc07002I am in a direct entry program to obtain a R.N. and N.P. degree. I'm almost done with the R.N. portion of the program and I'm wondering if I could continue to work as an R.N. after I finish the N.P. If so, how many hours are required each week or year as an N.P. to keep one's license? I know this may vary by State- I live in Massachusetts. Thanks for any information you might have!
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- 0May 30, '12 by traumaRUs AdminThis is frought with issues: you will always be held accountable to the highest licensure that you hold. So even if you work as an RN, you will be held to the NP standard. Here is a link to NSO and you might want to read #6:FAQ for how to apply for professional liability insurance coverage through NSO.
- 0May 31, '12 by aaronallgrinQuote from kjc07002I work in a California ICU and I have (at least) two colleagues that are FNPs that work alongside me as RNs. They have both been FNPs greater than five years I believe, and neither seemed overly concerned when I brought up the conflict of RN versus FNP standards and scopes.I am in a direct entry program to obtain a R.N. and N.P. degree. I'm almost done with the R.N. portion of the program and I'm wondering if I could continue to work as an R.N. after I finish the N.P. If so, how many hours are required each week or year as an N.P. to keep one's license? I know this may vary by State- I live in Massachusetts. Thanks for any information you might have!
- 1Jun 2, '12 by elkparkQuote from nitasarnIt isn't a problem -- until a situation suddenly turns out badly enough to end up in court, and then it suddenly is a problem (or, at least, may be a problem, depending on the situation).I know an NP that works on my floor as a RN. Hasnt been a problem.
I've worked as a staff RN in the past, with my CNS certification, and it's certainly possible to do, but, IMO, it's important to understand the legal implications and potential risks one is taking on by doing so.
- 1Jun 8, '12 by juan de la cruz GuideWell, the legal experts say that you should possess liability insurance for a nurse practitioner even if you are working in a non-NP role (i.e., a staff RN on a hospital unit). The rationale being your highest education and training is the standard to which you are held to regardless of your role. However, I have noticed that some states are more permissive of nurses who are certified as NP's working in a non-NP role particularly as bedside RN's. California for instance, have many direct entry NP programs and many graduates of those programs do work as bedside RN's here with a few eventually transitioning to an NP position later on. The other reason is that nursing salaries in parts of California does not have a huge difference between a bedside RN and a new grad NP.
- 0Jun 15, '12 by CCRNDivaI'm currently working in Chicago and I've noticed a significant number of advanced practice RNs remain or return to the bedside due to pay. It is not uncommon for bedside RNs with 10+ years of experience to make 6 figures (not including overtime) here. Oddly, NPs and CNS' often start at much lower salaries in this area.
- 1Jun 15, '12 by traumaRUs AdminThat is true downstate IL also CCRNDiva - when I got my CNS, I stayed a staff nurse for 4 months and really almost decided not to get certified as my staff nurse job was very fulfilling to me and I would have made less if I had been hired at that hospital as a new APN.