Palliative Care, DNP 16,374 Views
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Family Nurse Practitioner
It really does come down to who you know. Be willing to travel. I'm licensed in 2 states. This is my last semester of my DNP program and I'm driving 1.5 hrs each way to a FQHC in a rural area with $17/day in tolls. It sucks that we have to find our own placement especially when we accept whoever says yes. That doesn't ensure a quality learning experience. The local offices near me have arrangements with local universities. I've heard every excuse imaginable in the last 4 yrs as to why an office won't take students. Many of the groups that are part of a hospital aren't allowed to precept because it reduces productivity. If I were applying today it would be to the local PA program not an NP program.
Honestly, I agree there is a lot of BS in the BSN education. I also felt like there was a lot of BS in the DNP. That said, I put in the work because it was necessary to get where I wanted to go. In life, there are so many things we do simply because they are necessary. The value is determined by you. Are you where you want to be? If not put in the work.
The real question would be Is the cheapest DNP the best quality education?
The hospital system that I work for will hire ADNs but they stipulate a date by when that nurse must complete the BSN. Our ICU only has BSNs who are also certified in critical care.
My suggestion is learn as much as you can from everyone you can. There is something to learn from every person from the environmental services folks through management. Take what you learned in school and intermix what you learn on the job. Create your way of providing safe, efficient, and timely care. Most importantly, make friends with the CNAs and ER techs. They can make or break a shift. Always ask questions when you aren't sure.
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