First off, I am brand new to this forum.... I found it in some link off a search engine where i typed in "How do I become a Nurse Practitioner" (which is my ultimate gl in life). I know I want to be a nurse.. there are no if ands or buts about it.. even if it takes me 20 years... I'll trudge through. I have some seirous questions though. Granted my school (University of Central Florida) probably has different standards and methods in becoming a nurse that you are aware of, but if you can bare with me and offer any help possible, that'd be great.
Let me tell you where I stand: I am a freshman at UCF and look to apply to the School of Nursing (of which I understand is very competitive) next fall of 2004. At the same time however, I will be looking into applying to many other schools just so I have options open if I do not get in.
Upon hopefull admission, I will be earning my BSN (2 years later???)....and upon earning the degree this, (im assuming)getting my RN lisence. I ultimetly want to become a Nurse Practitioner in Neonatology. Now how to I go about doing this...
Getting my MSN.......
Then..... NP lisence....
Do I need clinical work inbetween all of this.....?
The only NP lisence for Neonatology in the state of Forida is only offered at University of FLorida... So when should I look to transfer?
....Before I enter nursing school so I can work primarily on my degree in one setting (i.e. Shands Hospital)?
Should I transfer?
I dont want to overwhelm any of you ... so i will ask more questions later.... any help will be greatly appreciated... Thanks you sooo much