Considering dropping NP School - page 2

Hello NP's: I'm in my first semester of an NP program. I am taking an advanced pathophysiology course now, and I think the instructor believes we are training to be biochemists. I'm resentful to be... Read More

  1. by   MT-FNP
    Quote from carachel2
    I am re-reading your post and I wonder, like you are, if you are truly going to be happy being an NP. You will be "just" an NP like you are "just" an RN...you will still have limitations and things to do that will seem like taking orders and diong mundane chores.

    I think if you are unhappy as "just an RN", you will be very unhappy as an NP. I think you fundamentally need to enjoy being an RN before you can ever be a happy NP. The reason I am pursuing being an NP is because I enjoy nursing and don't want to give up the aspects I like (patient education, counseling, etc.etc.) completely in favor of the medical model. I think if you polled most NP's they are not in the profession because they disliked nursing...they wanted to "more" of a nurse if you know what I mean.

    just my two cents
    Wow...you sure have bought into the whole touchy-feely-nursey thing hook, line, and sinker haven't you?

    I am quite certain that I am not alone in saying that I was very unhappy as "just an RN". And, yes, there is such a thing as "just an RN". That was my impetus for advancing my career and becoming an NP. Which by the way, I enjoy very much and am quite happy thank you.
  2. by   carachel2
    Quote from MT-FNP
    Wow...you sure have bought into the whole touchy-feely-nursey thing hook, line, and sinker haven't you?

    I am quite certain that I am not alone in saying that I was very unhappy as "just an RN". And, yes, there is such a thing as "just an RN". That was my impetus for advancing my career and becoming an NP. Which by the way, I enjoy very much and am quite happy thank you.

    The whole touchy-feely nursey thing hook line and sinker ? Umm, yes...I enjoy my patients for the people they are and yes, I enjoy patient teaching and education. I had a job for 10 years in an outpatient cardiac rehab setting and my job requird some acute care mixed in with tele responsibilities mixed in with long term case management...so I had the best of all worlds. Call me a sucker I guess, cause I am SOLD on the importance of doing all I described.

    And the original poster didn't understand why she was having to learn the Krebs cycle....which is, hmm....the basis for all energy metabolism in the body. Just the fact that she didn't understand why she is having to learn all that is a major red flag to me.
  3. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    I am an ADN RN. My most recent A&P class was taught by a practicing surgeon. I had to memorize Kreb's Cycle, and diagram it off the top of my head for exams.

    My mil is a PhD prepared RN, is Directer of Research at her facility, teaches at two universities, and is the author of several books. She is most definitely a leader, not a follower.

    It is disheartening to read that you don't want to be "just a nurse" on a nurses' forum.
    Last edit by Hellllllo Nurse on Oct 19, '05
  4. by   carachel2
    Quote from MT-FNP
    Wow...you sure have bought into the whole touchy-feely-nursey thing hook, line, and sinker haven't you?

    I am quite certain that I am not alone in saying that I was very unhappy as "just an RN". And, yes, there is such a thing as "just an RN". That was my impetus for advancing my career and becoming an NP. Which by the way, I enjoy very much and am quite happy thank you.

    And you are "just a nurse" if you allow yourself to be. And I'm happy to say that all the NP's I've come across have bought into the touchey feeley thing (without performing hands on hoodooo voodoo, etc.) and provide excellent, whole person care....which is exactly the reason a lot of people say they prefer an NP to an MD EXCEPT for the NP at my PCP's office who is distinctly lacking in any interpersonal skills. I would go to our local CareNow rather than endure a session with her. She must not subscribe to any of the touchey feeley stuff too. I am MOST decidedly not a granola crunching type of person and I don't meditate over my patients or tell them to take an herb instead of an Rx..
  5. by   brownrice
    If people didn't mind being "just a nurse", then why are so many RN's interested in becoming NP's? I sense I've touched upon some truth, otherwise I would not have received such a vehement reaction. The day that nurses are truly recognized as being more than just a nurse, will be the day that nurses don't have to form unions, because they are valued as professionals who deserve decent pay, better hours, and a lounge to relax in that doesn't resemble someone's basement with a couch and lockers thrown in. Yes, I'll say it again. I don't want to be just a nurse. Oh, and no, I don't wear scrubs with teddy bears and rainbows all over them.
  6. by   zenman
    Quote from carachel2
    I am MOST decidedly not a granola crunching type of person and I don't meditate over my patients or tell them to take an herb instead of an Rx..
    Granola is good. Meditation is good but you don't have to do it over your patient. And you are aware of the dangers (and # of people killed by them) of prescription Rxs... I hope.

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