FNP student looking for advice

  1. I am a first year FNP student. I am looking for advice from NPs out there. What types of things do you know now that you wished you knew when you were in school? What have you found to be the great pleasures/displeasures of being a nurse practitioner?

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  3. by   lgarrett
    I realized when I first gradudated from my NP program that they really didn't prepare me for " the real world" as far as how to get jobs, here in So. Calif. it's pretty easy to find a position in a HMO setting, but in private practice you really have to know how to sell yourself, why they should they hire you vs. a MD, that to me was the biggest task after graduation.
    Originally posted by MDZS RN:
    I am a first year FNP student. I am looking for advice from NPs out there. What types of things do you know now that you wished you knew when you were in school? What have you found to be the great pleasures/displeasures of being a nurse practitioner?

  4. by   AngelsRN
    Can a Family NP work solely with children --- I want to work in pediatrics but there are not Pediatric NP programs by me, only Family NP

    Thanks
  5. by   sirI
    Quote from AngelsRN
    Can a Family NP work solely with children --- I want to work in pediatrics but there are not Pediatric NP programs by me, only Family NP

    Thanks
    Hello, AngelsRN,

    I am FNP and I see peds, not exclusively, however. I know of some FNPs who do peds. After all, FNP is birth through death and everything in between. Have you checked out any online programs?
  6. by   AngelsRN
    Hi

    No I did not think about online programs - are there any you recommend? I already have a Masters in Community/Counseling Psych so I was hoping to find a bridge program for RN's with degrees in other fields and get right into it.

    Thanks so much!!
  7. by   sirI
    Quote from AngelsRN
    Hi

    No I did not think about online programs - are there any you recommend? I already have a Masters in Community/Counseling Psych so I was hoping to find a bridge program for RN's with degrees in other fields and get right into it.

    Thanks so much!!
    Hello, AngelsRN,:Melody:

    Try here at Allnursingschools.com and you can scroll down to see the programs with pedi NP tracks and second degree/bridge:

    http://www.allnursingschools.com/fea...-practitioner/
  8. by   Jayla
    Quote from lgarrett
    I realized when I first gradudated from my NP program that they really didn't prepare me for " the real world" as far as how to get jobs, here in So. Calif. it's pretty easy to find a position in a HMO setting, but in private practice you really have to know how to sell yourself, why they should they hire you vs. a MD, that to me was the biggest task after graduation.
    This is a really interesting point. So, how did you learn how to market yourself as an NP? Did you learn from someone else or more trial and error?

    What kinds of things did you say or do to make yourself attractive as an NP (as opposed to a PA or MD)?

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