I am so burned out as a RN. I LOVE my patients and their family memebers, no matter how "needy" they are, but administration really sux, furthermore, many of the CNA's that I work with are really obnoxious and get away with anything thiey want. I don't think it will help if I transfer. I used to work as a "float" and it's the same old song and dance everywhere.
My passion for the geriatric population keeps me going. I love them, but I have NO desire to work in a nursing home. I think I would LOVe to become a Geriatric NP. I am in my mid-30's and my wonderful bf reminds me that my bio clock is ticking. I would like to complete this before I have bebes. I think I will be a better mother to my kids as a NP, because I won't be sooo emotionally and physically stressed. Am I correct in my assessment that NP's are generally much happier when compared to many bediside nurses?
also, I have researched this role on Allnurses and it seems like there are many of you who don't encourage NP "wannabes" to enter into the field of gerontolgy, because it will limit the NP. I understand this, but with our aging baby boomers, etc, I don't get it. I know of a NP who works for a clinic with a certain doctor. she basically visits the nursing homes and hospitals of his geritric patients while he does his thing. If I enter an 'adult" NP program, will geriatrics fall under this age bracket too?
I don't have much money saved, but I have an awesome mom who is very supportive of my decision. she will let me live with her rent free and she will buy groceries. My only responsibility will be my bills and car expenses. I don't really plan on working during the 2 years because i want to really concentrate on this. And my goal, when I'm finished, is to open up my own practice. However, I will make "house visits" for people if needed.
excited and scared!!