NJprisonrn, MSN, NP 5,166 Views
Joined Jul 7, '11.
Posts: 197 (28% Liked)
I've only been an NP for a few months, but I must say that it is probably the best decision I ever made. I feel extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to go to school with my husband's support and blessing. I can't imagine ever regretting making this career choice. Even if I was in a position that I hated, I could take a different position. There are opportunities to change and grow all the time. No regrets here.
My personal feeling is that I worked quite a bit to get my MSN. I'd like to focus on building my professional and clinical skills. In the future I may pursue DNP, but I think it would cheapen the experience to rush through to get it now just because. I have had no trouble finding a job. I see no reason to add to my current student loan debt. As a young provider, I have a lot to learn and many years to practice. I think I have plenty of time to pursue the terminal degree when I am more established.
I would sign this petition. I don't know about other professions, but it seems terrible that students should have to find their own preceptor. What if they can't find someone, or have to make due with a less than optimal situation. That is a huge part of the education ,especially if they are in an online program. There should be fewer program seats if there are not enough preceptors. I would have gladly paid more tuition money if a percentage of it went to preceptors, many of whom do this work for free out of the goodness of their hearts. I intend to precept students in the future after a year or so on the job. I feel like it's my opportunity to give back.
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