lhflanurseNP, MSN, NP 12,478 Views
Joined Jan 6, '13.
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Talk with local NPs and see what local employers are looking for.
If you ever think you might want to work in a FP or UC/ED then FNP might be better for you, otherwise, it theoretically shouldn't matter.
Okay so since you're an NP now, you gotta handle it with the doctor:
1. Make an appt with him for a discussion.
2. Have your points written out, concisely.
3. Don't make them complaints, come up with solutions and propose them.
4. Also, come up with some type of review process - like in 6 months, I get x-amt of raise and increased benefits.
What my whole point is, now that you are an NP, you have moved up the food chain and most physicians expect us to act like they would - no nonsense and state your case.
Absolutely have no regrets. I have better hours, better lifestyle, and the pay isn't shabby either. I have a lot of autonomy at my job- this will vary on your own institution and specialty though.
Docs on the other hand work 60-80 hour weeks in school and residency for years only to get out at the other end having six figures in debt and a society that is increasingly putting pressure on healthcare costs to come down...no thanks. I have the utmost respect for physicians and their obviously superior knowledge base, but I like where I'm at just fine.
Good questions. I'm 58, work full time and a second part time job, I volunteer on my fire dept and with a prison activist group.
I plan to work and do everything as above at least the next 10 years.
On this side of the country RN experience in new grad NPs is getting rarer and the desire for more experience from employers seems to be increasing, at least at the three facilities where I work, as they recognize many of the new NPs have no RN experience and limited ability to practice to their certification upon graduation. That said especially if you work part time during school I think you are probably in good shape to be competetive.
Something that did stick out to me is the thought that you'd only make $20,000 a year more as a NP. Are you sure thats accurate? I would not take on the cost of a graduate degree and increase in responsibility/liability for a mere $20,000 a year, especially because you will like lose at least that much income each year you are in school. Good luck with whatever you decide.
Question 1: What are your personal feelings about the potential requirement of doctorate degrees for entry level NP's?
This is a bunch of hooey! Nursing takes forever to make up its mind and since we can't even agree on a common entry degree, doubt we can ever decide on DNP.
Question 2: Give an example of how you have mentored a new graduate NP or another person mentored you as a NP?
I'm the lead NP in a large practice - I have 8 APRNs that report to me. I mentor them by sharing articles of interest, informing them of upcoming meetings, letting them know they are appreciated. I am in almost daily contact with all of them (we all work at different jobsites)
Question 3: What do you think of the comparison of DNP degrees to MD degrees?
Again - no comparison. A DNP is a degree that adds nothing to working NP clinically. It encompasses no new clinical skills unless you choose a different APRN concentration like going from FNP to AGACNP. It is based on the nursing model where MD degree is based on the medical model - two different models. Its like saying that a PhD = MD.
I graduated with my BSN from Chamberlain and am just starting the FNP program. I spoke to several different sites and all 4 agreed to take me on as a student when I'm ready for clinicals. Granted, I'm not in LTC, I work in the ICU. However, I really believe it's all up to how well you market yourself and put on a professional demeanor.
A consultant came to see some of my patients on the floor and we met for the first time. Upon learning my name he exclaimed, "Oh, you're the one that writes such thorough and informative notes!"
Tickled my fancy for a bit. His tone and inflection connoted he appreciated my dictations and progress notes.
What nifty little things like that have made your day?
Yes to all those questions.
For me, I've been an apron 11 years and I make six figures, have 8 weeks vacation per year and take vacations too
I have a bachelor's of science in biology. The only edge it gives me is that I understand pathological processes a little easier in some classes. In terms of actual nursing employments, none.
Maybe I'm just feeling snarky, but this post kind of annoys me. What kind preceptor do you need? What program are you in? What area do you live in? How many hours do you need? How in the world do you expect people to help you without any details?
Please be more thoughtful and detailed in your future practice as an NP.
In my 40 years of nursing, I have noticed one consistency. There is a relative shortage of nurses when the economy is good, and an oversupply when the economy is tanked.
My theory is that this is related to nurses who are also moms and/ or work a second job because of a spouse's lower / less stable income. Economy good- they don't need the extra income and stay home/ work part-time. Economy is bad and they are in the workforce.
Again- my theory only- but I have seen this cycle over and over since the late 70s.
I'm not sure whether it's permissible to endorse a book on this site, but here goes.
Take a look at Carolyn Buppert's "Nurse Practitioner's Business Practice and Legal Guide".
Complete garbage. As a second year DNP student, I assure you, the level of education I am receiving at the doctoral level is nowhere near equivalent to that of an MD or DO. The DNP is not an asset to those who only want to be clinicians. Masters level APRNs have demonstrated for decades the actual value of the APRN to patient care. The DNP is nothing more than a pyramid scheme designed funnel money into academia while paradoxically stroking the egos of old battle-axe nurses who still parrot the ideas of Florence Nightengale. Well, sorry to break it to you, she's dead. Had I known what I was getting myself into with the DNP, I would have found an alternative NP program with a Masters level education.
Rarely do I get to read such biased, intellectually dishonest, self delusional BS.
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