Do you feel more people are entering nursing only to become APRN's? - page 16

I am not a nurse yet, but I'm an EMT, have worked in and around the hospital, and I am currently finishing my last two prerequisite courses before applying for ABSN programs. It seems like 90% of my... Read More

  1. by   llg
    Quote from NuGuyNurse2b
    ^ don't be surprised when you go on interviews and hiring managers ask where you see yourself in 5 years. If you (Heaven forbid) say you just want to be bedside nursing, you'll be looked upon as having no motivation. It's almost expected that no one stays in bedside nursing, as if it's just a stepping stone.

    At my hospital ... you'd be hired. We love nurses who want to stay at the bedside. What we don't want is for people who consider our staff nurse jobs to be just short-term stepping stones to other types of jobs. We need staff nurses to take care of our hospitalized pediatric patients.
  2. by   NPvampire
    I went to RN school with the hopes of NEVER going to any more school as long as I lived. Family demands of time and hours led to my advanced practice. Getting up or home for those "12s" in a hospital setting at 4 am or 3 am respectively, working every holiday ...not conducive much to family life. I was an RN for 6 years before my MSN and I even worked some as an RN after my grad degree and licensure - certain settings the money was equal for years or was easy to squeeze in a shift here or there. But I notice a lot of my classmates and students that I precept now, in psychiatry, have never worked in psychiatry before. How can an APRN program (and I've seen online AND B&M) admit for a specialty you have never even worked in!?
    I think a lot of young'uns are in for a rude shock when they hit the APRN and it's not all scrooge-mcduck money pits and doctor status and an easy life. I work harder in an office than I ever did at the hospital - including the asylum. And the docs, at least in my restricted state, treat us like garbage and we earn peanuts compared to what we can bill medicare/medicaid. Most experienced RN in a hospital make more than I do, too.

    Think about why you want to be an APRN ,the cost of the education, and consider what state you plan to reside in also.

    And the only reason I left my RN employer when I became an APRN is because they told me "we don't have room to hire you." Well, ok, see you.
    Last edit by NPvampire on Oct 4 : Reason: addition
  3. by   rleah
    Quote from RNperdiem
    Nursing is often a backup plan for people who don't make it into med school, and advance practice is the alternative.

    Quote from db2xs
    I don't know any nurse who became a nurse because they didn't get into med school, but I'm not saying I know every single nurse out there.

    I was talking with a PA student recently and she told me that apparently you can now become a PA and then do a fast-track sort of course to become an MD after PA school. I would think someone who didn't get into med school would opt to do something like that.
    I know a nurse whose original plan was Med School. She got her Bachelors in Science, but decided not to apply for Med School after becoming a single mom. At that point nursing made a better fit for her needs. She worked Med/Surg for about 5 years before going to PA school. Definitely one of the best nurses I have ever met.
    Last edit by rleah on Oct 17 : Reason: caps

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