Quote from kimaboogie00
Thanks so much DiegoT. All of your insight was very helpful. I meet w/ Dr. X next tuesday. Do you mind if I correspond w/ you from time to time to ask questions. By the way I am from and currently live in the Bronx. I would absolutely love to use you women's healt contact as a precpetor. I am so interested in women's health it is not even funny. I chose to go in to an ANP for more flexibilty but am scared that I wont have too much background in women's health...where I am destined to work! Any pointers on that issue. Are there a huge number of papers we have to write? I just bought a laptop so I am ready. Was it easy for you to find a job after graduating? I work at NYP on 68th st for 36hrs / week, no kids, no husband , i am 24, and plan to go to school part time....sounds good? Are you happy w/ your decision to become an ANP?
As you can see I have so many questions. I look forward to your responsesand please don't rush as I know you are busy w/ your own career and whatever life throws at you.
Thanks in advance
Wow, you are from the Bronx? Small world, so am I. I currently reside in Philly but I still maintain my Bronx residence (1 floor rented). I don't mind you asking questions. That is what I enjoy about forums like these...the sharing of info.
Personally, I think going the ANP route vs. the Woman's health, even if you want to end up in woman's health, is the smart way to go. As an ANP you may do woman's health or anything else within your scope, but it doesn't work the other way around. My former preceptor is a Woman's Health NP and she loves it, but has mentioned that her focus was too narrow. There are limitations as to what she is able to do. Actually, there is a moderator here who did woman's health then went back for the FNP. I think the FNP offers even more opportunities than the ANP, but if you are like me and have no interest in working with kids or doing OB etc, then I don't think it matters.
In terms of the amount of exposure to woman's health, you will be very active in determining that (atleast if the program is still the same). We were required to do a specific number of clinical hours, and since primary care is the specialty, it was expected most of it was done in a primary care setting. I think people were asked to make sure they did atleast 24 hrs. of woman's health. I can tell you, I enjoyed woman's health, and did more than twice that. I also enjoyed HIV and spent additional time there. I went to a physician's office in Rockland County and felt it was a waste of time, and decided not to spend too much time there. Areas that I liked or found challenging, I stayed longer. As I said, back then, you made the arrangements with your preceptors and they were usually accommodating.
As far as jobs, back in 2001 in NY, it was a challenge to find NP jobs. I remember some classmates being very concerned and unhappy as they felt they graduated and there weren't many jobs available. I think it is much better now. I actually taught for 1 year, then relocated to Florida for a job. The job was great, (learned alot), but boy.... I felt that NY was much more NP friendly. The facility I worked for really placed a lot of limitations on the "physician extenders," and all our (PAs and NPs) orders had to be co-signed by the MD. I think that was just an individual facility thing. I do have another friend in another part of FL who felt there was some limitations to practice. Right now I am in Philadelphia, and there seem to be many NP positions here. I also spent time in Maryland, and saw many openings there. I really don't know what the practice environment is like in MD though, and maybe someone else who is more knowledgeable about NY can comment on the current NY market.
I think once you are in the program, especially if your are working for a hospital that hires NP, you need to start networking early. Some of my classmates recieved NP jobs where they worked as RNs. I would seek out other NPs and PAs at NYP as they can point you in the right direction. Maybe a semester or two before you graduate, you could speak with the recruiter.
As for papers, there were some in the research and nursing theory classes etc. Once you get to patho, it's mainly reading and integrating what you learn with your clinical experience + lots of case studies (which I loved). Physical assessment is reading and practice lab + your practical exam. Pharmacology was a lot of memorization (of course you had to understand what you were studying but you needed to know classes of drugs, indications,actions, S/E, why you would prescribe one over the other, etc). I think I didn't care too much for the nursing theory class, but loved the patho, pharm and PE. I loved learning that stuff and putting it all together. I actually plan on returning to school next year.