My cousin is a RN who got fired from her newgrad med-surg job after 6 months. Since she cant get another newgrad hospital job (graduated BSN >1 year), and she dosent have at least 1 full year of experience to apply for regular RN-1 positions, her solution is to jump into a full-time online FNP program to "reset" her career path.
Her thinking is the autonomy of FNP work will best suit her career at this point. She feels her lack of previous medical experience was why she failed on such a busy hospital unit. She is regretting not starting out in a SNF, LTC or equivalent. At this point, its best to learn from the mistakes and move forward. Problem is she's having difficulty doing so & I feel she is jumping to FNP out of desperation. She also emphasizes that since RN's arent typically staffed in clinics, chances of her being hired as an RN anywhere with (dare I say) "less" demand for experience are very slim chances.
I want to advise her to keep RN job hunting, however I agree that because she got fired for multiple disciplines at her large Texas hospital, she's nearly ruined her chances before her career even began. Ive explained to her that hunting FNP jobs with a diploma mill degree will not be any easier than job hunting for a "second chance" RN job would be. She will just be in even MORE debt after her FNP, double the debt in fact, which will add to her already stressful predicament. Not to mention that her former RN disciplines will still follow her as an NP. It will be especially painful having to explain the 6 month firing and failure to maintain acute care RN standards, while trying to convince employers shes capable of the higher responsibilities as a NP.
Ive been looking into it (especially since there is a threat that she may have to couch surf with me until this all resolves, Lol). I just dont know how to advise my cousin. Please Help!
Thank you AN