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Does anyone else out there think that Nurses get jacked around often. I do as I am on my second career as a Nurse. I only have six years experience. I left my 100K job m-f 50-55 hours a week as a trucker for Americas largest parcel company, to become a Nurse. Yes a high school diploma got me a 401K, pension, health insurance that I did not pay a dime for, 6 weeks vacation, paid holidays, weekends off, and retirement of 3K per month with 30 years of service, I would have been 51 years old and a millionaire with the profit sharing and stocks given to me. But as I saw it I could help people, and if I followed this dream of Nursing I would be rewarded, so I thought. Now reality sets in I probably won't retire until 65, I buy my crappy health insurance and my pay is 80k per year working 60 plus hours a week. Did I mention all that and a BSN which costs 30K. HMM, did I make the right decision? Well maybe because I slightly more enjoy Nursing over trucking. But most Nurses think 80 K is good money! I beg to differ if you really knew what most educated and uneducated HARD working people really make. I think that the reason Nurses get jacked around is because they do not stand up together. In my past career it was male dominated. When someone or something was not right people stood together and it worked. In this female dominated profession I have found back stabbing, and people out for themselves. Why is it that an NP makes substantially less than a CRNA. I have not looked at the numbers but seems their are a high number of male CRNA's.
Yes doing the online program. Also agree it is now or never as I am only aging!
I have had no luck with scholarships, seems only undergrad avail. I am not real sure but taking the dive into this program. I too am starting in the fall. This will be a huge financial burden for our family and some time. As I write this I am not 100% sure if this is the right choice for our family.
Well from what I see it is 44 credits at $640/credit. So $28,000 plus books and many fees. So I am guessing $35,000 ish. Don't really know. It is Concordia online. Again just got accepted and have til Aug 1 to get back to them if I want to start. I think it was 200 hours per clinical semester. I need to talk to the advisor soon, but did not get back to me today.
I need some advice from other Nurse's. I just was accepted to a mostly online FNP program.
Now that it is really happening I am really digging into the schools website and finding that I will be doing more than they sold me. I have not accepted their offer, but I am a bit turned off that I will be doing so much clinical time. Which means I will lose half my income. That time plus the costs of tuition which is roughly $ 30,000 plus $80,000 in lost wages over 2 years. So in the end my family will lose $110,000 and my income will be less as a FNP. The only good thing is day hours. So I have a choice I can still keep building my homecare business and potentially in 10years or so semi retire or drop it down to do a FNP program. The thought of practicing medicine is intriguing but at 41 with 2 children and a wife I am not sure if this would be the right choice. But as typically with Nurse's, I always want to keep improving. The business pays the bills well, but is not really too satisfying. Any thoughts?
Hello. Anyone know of any scholarships or grants for MSN/FNP students? I just was accepted into the online FNP through Concordia Wisconsin. I am self-employed as a Nurse and will not have reimbursement. So I was hoping their may be some programs I could take advantage of at this time. Also if anyone has any opinions of the fore-mentioned University please let me know. Thanks
Thanks, I have done both and been Nursing for 5 years. I am just at a point in the education, and I am tight with a buck so I do not want to waste money. You know honestly I guess I am just trying to prove I can do it and get advanced practice. You know I was a truck driver with just a high school eduction for 13 years. Everyone told me I was a "dumb truck driver" my whole life. I went to Nursing school and got a 4.0 no problem, it was easy plus I excelled in every job in Nursing. I now feel confident like I can do more, thats all it is. As a truck driver I worked for a company in 2006 where I made 110,000/year worked 12 hours a night 5 days a week, weekends off, holidays off, 7 weeks paid vacation, 30 years and out with 4,000 per month I would have been 50 and retired, health insurance, and I did not pay 1 copay or any premiums. So of course working as a salaried Hospice Nurse with 100+ weeks getting paid for 40, I wonder at times, why I did this and feel in my experiences with Nursing, the only way to control the employer abuse is to get more education, or go back to trucking, such a waste of an education. But when all is said I went into this not for money but to help people. So I know I have to get more education helping people, making better money, and hopefully working 60 or less hours a week. This is my hope with advanced nursing. I have experienced surgery, medical/ surgical, long term care, Hospice, and best yet private duty homecare nursing. All are very fulfilling but financially and employer abuse of me as a nurse do not hold a candle to trucking where we were treated like Gods next to how I have seen Nurses are treated. Nursing has been a real let down except for the patients which keeps me in it.
Hello, I am currently an RN working on my BSN. I have found that at the BSN level I can take some courses that double as graduate level courses for NP. I am at the point where I need to make some decisions of what I want to do, and I can not figure it out. I am confused and really am thinking I want an advanced practice Nursing degree but can not decide between NP or CRNA. I have talked with many NP's who are burned out. I have not found this with the majority of CRNA's. I see in my area that many of our NP's work long hours. Personally I am a people person and when I was a Hospice Nurse enjoyed the ability to prescribe medications and have a very important part of my patients life. I have worked in Surgery and found a very hostile environment by physicians towards the Nurses not CRNA's. Going on this my first idea of CRNA has been dampened a bit after the surgery experience, and I am now thinking I may want NP. NP is an easier pathway for me right now and CRNA has no pathway in the Bachelor's level at my school, although I have some elective that I can fill with physics, biochemistry to appeal to the schools selecting me. Anyone out there have any advice on what you have seen in the field and which route to go with CRNA or family practice NP. I am clueless on this and the plus and negatives are about the same on my list, the only thing I am sure about is advanced practice. Plus now with the Doctorate becoming the new IOM standard should I just go another year and be a medical Doctor??? Or maybe a PA its less school salary is same as NP just no independent practice, but most Hospitals I deal with do not allow the NP to practice independently anyway so why the extra two years for NP. What to Do?
Hello, I am currently an RN working on my BSN. I have found that at the BSN level I can take some courses that double as graduate level courses for NP. I am at the point where I need to make some decisions of what I want to do, and I can not figure it out. I am confused and really am thinking I want an advanced practice Nursing degree but can not decide between NP or CRNA. I have talked with many NP's who are burned out. I have not found this with the majority of CRNA's. I see in my area that many of our NP's work long hours. Personally I am a people person and when I was a Hospice Nurse enjoyed the ability to prescribe medications and have a very important part of my patients life. I have worked in Surgery and found a very hostile environment by physicians towards the Nurses. Going on this my first idea of CRNA has been dampened and I am now thinking I may want NP. NP is an easier pathway for me right now and CRNA has no pathway in the Bachelor's level in my school. Anyone out there have any advice on what you have seen in the field and which route to go with CRNA or family practice NP
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