Your perspective is appreciated, juan de la cruz. You're right, when evaluating the quality of FNP programs one definitely has to proportionately weigh the quality of partnering community-based practices and associated providers. However, it's also been my experience that a majority of practices are part of a larger hospital system in order to garner greater Medicare reimbursement--the strength in numbers negotiation approach, greater ability to bill and receive the highest reimbursement possible for each visit and procedure. Is it the same on the west coast?
I find it curious that there hasn't been a stronger response from the nurses on the site re: east coast programs... I know the "nursing shortage" has slowed and we are all holding on to our nursing jobs
and competing more fiercely for spots in nursing programs
but if anything I'd think more people would be talking about this and ensuring a sound investment when enrolling in a program, whether located in the midwest, east, or west. I'd love to go to the west coast and have seen that UCSF ranks at the top according to U.S. News but I'm limited due to family commitments from going to SF. The opportunities to be exposed to and provide care for vulnerable populations sounds great.