I have the opportunity to get my NNP and have it 100% paid for and even get paid for going to school. I'm just not 100% sure that is what I want to do although I know I don't want to work bedside until I die. This is going to be a means to an end for me. If I do this, I'd like to do it just for a few years (3-5ish......but knowing me it could be longer) and then get either my PNP or my FNP and work in the clinic. I'd really like to do PNP and NICU follow up. One of the benefits of working where I would is I can go to the university for free so I could potentially get my NNP AND my post master's certificate paid for 100%.
NNP's, or NNP students, how did you know that the NNP track was what you wanted to do?
What is it like where you practice? What is the flow of your actual day? I know our NNP's come in and get ready for rounds, round, and then get on with the day with the millions of pages from us bedside nurses, writing their notes, etc.
What is your patient load? Do you regularly work late because of writing your notes and/or going out on late transport?
How does your life compare to how it was when you were a bedside RN?
Do you have to rotate your days/nights? How does that work out for you? Is it rough? A lot of our NNP's work three in a row and to DDN or some work 24's (well OK, 25's which is what REALLY appeals to me but I won't be able to work those shifts for at least a year after I graduate)
If I decide to go through with it, I will be salaried (exempt.....boo! with the option of paid call). Benefits are really good compared to where I'm at now (nurses work for the hospital and our NNP's work for the affiliated university).