BostonFNP Guide 42,972 Views
Joined Apr 4, '11 - from 'Northshore, MA'.
BostonFNP is a Primary Care NP.
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Thanks everyone! Boston --- I really like your idea of working on the DNP more organically (if that makes sense) during my FNP career. That said, my local university of choice no longer offers an MSN option for FNP. Because I do desire the terminal degree for the potential opportunities it could allow in the future and because I am not getting younger (it's time to fish or cut bait on grad school in general) and because of the way the program is laid out in a way that works best with my family situation over the next 4 years, I am willing to go ahead and pull the trigger on the DNP sooner rather than later. I also appreciate what you point out about the difference between the didactic teaching vs. clinical. I think I could be happy teaching undergrads didactically. I think eventually I will feel that way about NP students, but also be drawn to clinically precepting students. But that is yet outside my wheelhouse. In the meantime --- thanks for your thoughtful responses. It is good to know there are options for me in academia. If I'm so fortunate, I hope to leave my mark in nursing in more ways than one. I've focused on the bedside for so many years -- at this moment in time it's all I know and it's hard to think about leaving it behind -- because I am still passionate about it even though I also want to move on to new things.
I can't help with your specifics, but I would say: only invest in becoming an NP if you have a desire for the role. If you do it for the money you will more than likely be disappointed.
Good luck, I'm sure someone here can give you some specifics on your area. Florida is a notoriously hard state for NPs to practice in.
Retail health is a up-and-coming market. I know colleagues that have used it as a stepping stone to great NP jobs and I know colleagues that remained in retail health and absolutely love it.
There is absolutely nothing "wrong" with it.
When reading through the responses to your post, keep in mind that (like many other hotly debated political topics) many people have passionate opinions, and not all passionate opinions come from a position of experience or perspective.
Here is my two cents:
I am weighing the options of going into nursing. However, I would want to become a Nurse Practitioner as soon as possible.
I already have a non-nursing related bachelor/master degree in education so this would be a career change. I currently work full-time for local government.
Would I need to complete my RN first and then on to earn the Nurse Practitioner license?
Does anyone have any idea if there are programs that a designed for this or do most Nurse practitioners need work experience as an RN before moving on?
And if so, do most Nurse Practitioner positions require experience?
How many hours do most NP's work?
This was a night shift nurse's note in a LTC facility. "No pulse, no BP. Will keep comfortable."
She left the next morning, saying nothing about it to the day shift. Day shift CNA, of course, found pt. dead. The nurse was let go. I always wondered what the official time of death was, and if the facility told the family about this.
What's your plan with how you are going to do clinical hours and still work?
You are a long way from figuring out which path is best for you: it's a big investment, don't put the cart before the horse.
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