gettingbsn2msn 7,152 Views
Joined Jul 6, '10.
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Brian would have been so proud.
The oldest in my class was 54 when she started and she works in mental health in a top hospital on the east coast. Myself, I was 50 when I went back and I am happy with my choice.
Please do not worry excessively about this. I am a newer NP and I am 56 years old. I went back to school ten years ago for a BSN so I would have been 46. I have been fired, laid off, you name it and it has happened to me. I am in the process of opening my own practice (so no one can fire me again as I reach age 60!) We are very valuable due to our life skills and our listening abilities. Find your own niche and you will be just fine!!!
Totally regional here. In rural Georgia many speak like this. I am in metro Atlanta now but it is mostly northern transplants (like me) and we do not talk like that.
The best or worse case I ever saw was at Barnes and Nobles. I was in line and their was one cashier and customers backed up for a mile. The cashier just kept going on and on about signing up for their card or whatever they were selling. She was almost robotic and showed no emotion. The lady at the counter finally told her to "shut up" and walked out. Do these companies realize that some people do not want to hear this!
Just because a job is posted does NOT mean it exists. This has been going on since the last recession. I do not understand the benefit to the hospitals of doing this but there must be a financial incentive to them. I was a traveler RN for years and I heard the same thing over and over.
Same situation here. And they want me to run ads in the local newsletter introduce This, and the owner is not even in healthcare. i think it is becoming the norm for this area. I keep hearing i could get an lpn for what you do.
i was fired from a hospital corporation for asking for a raise. Of course, this hospital owned EVERYTHING medical in a 200 mile radius. I went traveling and they encouraged me to get my NP, which I did. Went to work in Atlanta for a small clinic and was told after a very busy Friday at the end of the day "your services are no longer needed. Grab your stuff." Went on to another clinic early this year. Told last week that unless you bring in 100 new patients to this practice, you are out. He told me to go "cold calling for patients at Starbucks."' He said he should let me go that day but because i am a single mom, he would pay me through the month. He claims people do not visit their provider much anymore because after paying taxes and premiums they have nothing left.
My point is that you can be let go for ANY reason. Doesn't matter if you made a mistake or not. I will also emphasize that this all took place in an at will state. Employees have zero rights. i would like my own very small practice but this is a collaborative state and the overseer wants about 15k. I am ready to move.
Found myself in your place a few years ago. Got fired from the only hospital in my area (they own everything). I was fired for asking for a raise (really!) Anyway, it was the best thing ever. I instantly doubled my pay as I went travel nursing. It was terrifying at first but I really enjoyed the people I met. I KNEW that I was good at what I did. I also NEVER cared about administration and as soon as the gig was over, I was out. Plus, alot of hospitals asked me to resign on. I see you are in AL. I was in rural GA. Traveling made alot of sense. Then I went back to get my NP. That is another set of challenges, at best!
If I had not gone back to school when I did (2006) there is no way that I could pull this off today. I have a kid in college as well and its near impossible to afford today. Totally unsustainable. $ 70k way too much, imo.
Georgia pays about the same as TN and AL. Somewhat more in the Atlanta metro area. That said, we have a glut of NP's, so it is a difficult market here. I would leave if not for my kids.
i will also add that I worked as a RN 2 years post MSN-NP. This was due to difficult market conditions.
You could come up to Georgia. However, we have many NP's that have left our state. This is because of a necessity of having a collaborative physician (which I never see and cannot get on the phone). Also in GA, the collaborative can only manage 4 NP's. Add to the fact that travel RN's make way more than NP's in our state.
What about working for a corporation in medical device sales?
Wanted to go to Duke.....started in a program for psych and had to drop out. This was due to the fact that I could not afford health insurance. Health insurance is mandatory, but I had stopped working to pursue my education. Could not afford to put health insurance premium on student loan debt especially since it was 2k plus.
Oh and 25k per year is approximately 12 hours per day/2 days per week.
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