I am about to start all my pre-req's to go into nursing school
. I would like to be a Neonatal Nurse Practioner. I love babies (I'm giving birth to my 1st next sat (hopefully)) . I'm pretty sure I have to full jist of what a Neonatal Nurse Practioner does, but would like more info, also I think I have what i need to do for schooling down but want to make sure. Here is what I understand about the profession at this point:
Neonatal Nurse Practioner takes care of sick babies and "nurses" them back to health.
A Nurse Practioner is almost like a doctor in the sense they can have their own patients and practices, perscribe medicines, just less schooling and cant perform surgeries.
As far as schooling goes the is what I have figured out I'm in for:
pre-req's to get ADN
them finish pre-req's for BSN
work in field for 2 yrs (experience)
then go back to school and complete pre-req's for MSN in Neonatal
...from what I know i will not learn anything "Neonatal" until the masters program unless i am able to get into the NICU field as a BSN or ADN.
I got all this info by researching it myself and I asked a few nurses (not neonatal) about it and the university. I feel as if there is more I should know. If anyone can tell me more about it I would also appreciate talking with a Neonatal Nurse Practioner.
Also I would like to know what the annual salary is for a Neonatal Nurse Practioner , I've heard $200k + a yr, is this true?
fyi, money is not what got me interested in become a Neonatal Nurse Practioner, our baby has borderline Hydrocephalus, the scare made me realize I would love to help other babies and families in need.
Oct 16, '06
I don't know where you are, but according to www.choosenursingvermont.org
, the average starting salary for a neonatal nursing practitioner is $35.00/hour, which, if I'm correct in my math (oh heaven help us if I am), works out to be $63,000 per year, before taxes, health insurance and all of that good stuff based on a 36 hour work week.
They did not mention a salaried position on the website, and I'm kinda doubting if my figures are right. I thought it'd be more than that.
ETA:My math was wrong: It worked out to be $110,250 based on a 36 hour week on 50 weeks.
I had a feeling I was wrong because the same website said that CRNA starting salary was $35/hr, and I KNEW that $63,000 was a little low for a CRNA.
Last edit by BabyRN2Be on Oct 16, '06