I think you raise some good questions. It's hard to figure those out without either being in school to become an NP or practicing as one. I'll start where zenman left off.
4) I heard NPs are recieving only 60-70% reimbursement from insurance companies? is this true?
Practicing NPs can answer this more specifically. To get you closer to the ballpark (and that's all I'm doing) for *Medicare* billing, it's more like 100% when it is "incident to
" a physician's care, and 85% when an NP bills under his or her own name. From what I understand, each private insurance company decides what percentage they will use for reimbursement of NPs.
5) With someone that has a BA, what is the most direct route to get the NP license? Direct Entry MSN? It seems like that takes 3 years after pre reqs? Are there lists of the best schools? For what I want to do I'm especially interested in making sure my education is top notch. I have a good non Pre req GPA - 3.7, if that matters.
Yep, direct entry MS in Nursing. Are you planning on working with adults only? If so, look here
. If no, look here
and click on your favorite specialty. Most of these schools have some kind of feeder direct-entry program that will get you into the master's degree program. I'm sure you understand that one has to see this as the start of doing fine-toothed-comb research on schools, though, not the end.
I want to create a space that combines alternative and 'mainstream' medicine to work with clients and achieve the most effective, least-invasive and non-toxic solutions possible to their problems - whether that means drugs, nutrition changes, accupuncture, massage, hospital admittance, etc.
You sound like are talking about developing a nurse-run integrative clinic. At my school, they used to offer a cool NP program specifically focused on complementary care, but not any more. They may still be out there, though. Do look.
I just want to add a little bit to your thought that becoming an NP might be a good fit. Nursing has a special outlook on health that I think may mesh with yours. Without using these words, it kind of looks at the feng shui
of health. Compare the basic concept of feng shui
, managing the flow of wind-water around a space that people use, with Florence Nightingale's Notes on Nursing
, which is largely about managing the air, water, fire/heat, and space around a sick person to help them get better. If you look at all-things-nursing, these are themes you will see repeated over and over again, from the most practical and concrete nursing actions to the most abstract (seriously bordering on mystical). If you go to school to become an RN and then an NP, you'll find you study ten thousand different things, but - in my opinion - they really boil down to these basic concepts.
Best of luck, and take care!