As many other ore-health students, I'm currently contemplating between becoming an NP or an MD (leaning more towards an MD though), but finding accurate information is SO difficult because both professions are so insecure about scopes of practice and such. To give you guys some background, I want to be a health care provider and serve my community, probably not in Family Practice, most likely in a paediatric or internal medicine subspecialty (cardiology, neurology, ICU, Infectious diseases all interest me) or maybe something surgical/procedural (Inteventional cards, interventional oncology, surgery, etc). I've gotten some experience in both internal subspecialties and surgery and loved both. I don't have any interest in being a nurse, but the NP is appealing to me, since you can do a lot of things doctors do. I have been having so much difficulty finding information on the differences between the two professions, I'm hoping some of you NPs and RNs will help me better understand the roles of both providers.
Here's what I know based on other health forums (This includes the turf war and stereotypes for both professions)
-According to some studies can provide better outcomes, (Is this true? I'm somewhat doubtful)
- More holistic
-Lower admission requirements
-Less time required
-Very high pay (80 000 - 120 000
-Easier to switch specialties
-Can work part-time while in NP school
-Less debt (I'm getting a scholarship currently so this for either professions won't be too bad/ no accumulated debt)
-May dominate certain sectors of healthcare (Primary care?)
-Higher barriers in certain specialties: internal med adult/peds, surgery, rads onc, rads, etc.
-Limited scope of practice (How extensive these limits are is a mystery to me)
-less pay than physicians
-Either non-existant to severe lack in clinical knowledge (Again, conflicting opinions)
-Less leadership roles than physicians
-Usely don't take on complex cases (Is this one true?)
-Very inconsistent educational standards
Is what I listed true? Do you have any corrections/additions?
Bless your heart. You do too much reading on forums! Get out! Talk to some people. Shadow a nurse first, then a nurse practitioner before you make some crazy wild generalizations. I'm glad you are attempting to get some advice, but, seriously, this is an internet forum....
I can't leave you hanging though. These forums are quickly succumbing to facebook groups. You should attempt this conversation there. Here's another student's perspective on these things. I'll graduate with a dual MSN degree this spring (FNP/ACNP)
-According to some studies can provide better outcomes - This is the very first link on Google -->
-More holistic - Sometimes. That concept is in the nursing curriculum.
-Lower admission requirements - Can't speak to med school requirements. NP schools can vary.
-Less time required - depends if you do direct entry vs bedside experience, if you count that as "time"
-Very high pay (80 000 - 120 000
) - way too low on the top number - I've got an offer straight out of school for 150k
-Easier to switch specialties - maybe, haven't done it
-Can work part-time while in NP school - or full time and do part-time school.
-Less debt (I'm getting a scholarship currently so this for either professions won't be too bad/ no accumulated debt) - Possibly; however, if you've got the pedigree to have no debt, why is this a "pro" for you?
-May dominate certain sectors of healthcare (Primary care?) - Possibly
-Higher barriers in certain specialties: internal med adult/peds, surgery, rads onc, rads, etc. -It's all in who you know and how well you do. Specialties aren't that difficult to get into.
-Limited scope of practice (How extensive these limits are is a mystery to me) -
-less pay than physicians - Specialties, yes. Primary care...not so much.
-Either non-existant to severe lack in clinical knowledge (Again, conflicting opinions)- BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH "non-existant." keep trolling bro.
-Less leadership roles than physicians - Nope
-Usely don't take on complex cases (Is this one true?) - depends on the situation. I'm in rural Appalachia. There are no specialists here. Next endocrine appt is 4 months away, et al. Yes, we do have to "take on complex patients."
-Very inconsistent educational standards - agreed.
I hope this helps. Pardon my sarcasm, it comes from a pure heart. I hope some NPs will chime in on this.
Last edit by Cwoods on Nov 2
: Reason: Forgot "holistic"