Are you happier as an NP than you were as an RN? - page 2

I have seen a couple posts titled similarly to mine, have even asked the same question in the title on a different thread. But this post is meant to be a little more fine tuned and specific (scroll... Read More

  1. by   TheRuralNurse
    Thank you for all the input everyone. It is very valuable to me, and I greatly appreciate it. I enjoy hearing everyones perspectives plus pros and cons.
  2. by   carolsel
    Speaking from over 25 years as an RN with the last 15 years as an NP.....don't look for happiness with that kind of change. NP responsibilities are far more stressful and demanding than an RN. If you are not happy or satisfied as an RN, then stepping it up to NP would be a waste of your time and not be for the benefit of those we serve. I became an NP to be a better nurse and provide help to those in need at a different level. I work as an NP in a health clinic and hope I am making that difference that keeps most out of the ER and hospital and have lessened their risk of getting DM Type 2 or heart disease. I feel I am happier as an NP but not because my hours are better, in fact they are worse as NP hours are more than 9-5. I am happier because my time has been helping others at a level that I would not have been able to reach as an RN. So if you are looking to feel happier at what you are doing as an RN or something else, figure out why you are not happy now. Don't waste your time and energy with additional schooling until you find you answers or direction.
  3. by   adammRN
    Sounds like she clearly knew what was costing her happiness... From what she typed her satisfaction was all tied to the fact she was carrying a hefty load pretty much single handedly. Doesn't matter what the hell you are, RN/NP/CRNA/MD SuperHulk, that's going to burn you out!

    I think many of us run into the same thing in this profession. Nursing like many things in life is a two ways street - there are good and bad. I've had a simliar experience where I dreaded going to work - I often think about why I chose this profession because of all the negative things I've experienced in my short "career." I've been peer reviewed 3 times and came out ahead each time - but each review was seriously damaging to my physical and mental health. But it's helped me realize that being a regular floor RN is not for me.

    The thing that keeps me from giving up is that I know there are things I love about the profession, which you noted, and I'm sure most of us enjoy - patient interaction and feeling like we're making a difference in someone's life - things that expand with the NP role. Most of us I'm sure would love to do without all the staff/leadership politcal drama and being slammed on the floor feeling like we can't be everywhere we are needed. Things need to be done to the general floor atmosphere in order to stop burning people out - one simple things is to just have more staff. That alone would probaly cure a large amount of burnout (unfortunately there is such a shortage of healthcare workers). I remember days where I felt like I had enough dependable help were fabulous. On the other end, days when I was killed, taking care of a team by myself - admitting and discharging at the same time - doing all the treatments/meds myself, I would get tension headaches due to stress and can barely take care of my own needs such as eating and using the toilet. Whoever is responsible for creating such a system (I know not one person) deserves to suffer through it for the rest of their life! No amount of money is worth the cost to my helath that a bad day is on the floor/ER or wherever is responsible for.

    There ARE places in nursing for you, you just have to find it - advanced education CAN help you get there and that's all an NP is. I'm pretty fixed on going the PHMNP after months of deliberation and investigation. It seems the best option!
    Last edit by adammRN on May 19