I'm thinking about going for an FNP degree at some point and I'm just curious where FNPs are working.
Please describe your job (and salary if you feel comfortable).
I'm not sure yet what I'm interested in doing with the degree but maybe a private practice, school nurse (some require master's degrees and some don't) or teaching nursing students in a university.
Do any FNPs work in the hospital?
Also, I've always wanted to work in the NICU and may try to do it someday. If I'm already an FNP would it be possible for me to work in a NICU as an RN? Would they be reluctant to hire me? Would there be any advantage of having a master's degree and working as an RN (more money?)
I know where I work, some nurses went on become NPs, didn't like their jobs and returned to work as RNs. But they said it was a bit of a struggle to convince managers to hire (or rehire) them because they assumed that with a master's degree they'd only stay a little while until they found a better NP job. Interesting.
Jul 3, '11
Well, I'm an FNP and I work in a rural health clinic close to the town I live in. I make a base salary in the mid 70s with a productivity bonus structure.
Basically, I provide primary care to all age groups. I don't have hospital privileges, though I could apply for them if I wanted them, I don't take call because I'm a new NP (graduated in Dec and they require 2 yrs experience before call is expected), I work M-F 8-5 and I am expected to build my own patient base.
Now, if you want to do NICU work, why not do Neonatal NP or Peds NP?
It depends on BON rules for your state about whether you can work "below you license" and also, some hospital rules as well. I know in Ohio, the board does not forbid an RN from doing CNA work or an NP from doing RN work, but they state that you WILL be held responsible at the fullest extent of you license.
So, if something happens and it goes to court the judgment can be based on what a prudent NP would have done vs. what a prudent RN would have done. This could get you in trouble because even though you don't have the authority within the hospital to act as an NP, you are expected to think like an NP. Trust me RN and NP thinking are two entirely different things.
Yes, some places won't want to hire NPs as RNs because that puts the hospital at risk as well.