I am at a crossroads

  1. So I am at a crossroads. I am an FNP-MSN who has been working in Emergency Medicine for the past two years. I am 32 years old, and feel the need to move forward.

    I am looking forward to more education, and hopefully more money. I still find it a huge kick in the pants that I get paid less than some RNs.

    One option is that I go to medical school, I figure that is a 10 year commitment until i can start pulling an MD wage. though it's a long game, i'm sure I could do it. But hell, I just ended school and the calculus and the physics and the MCAT freaks me our more than four years of school and three of a residency.

    Does anyone know of a CLINICAL based program, that further trains NPs with more medical training? And once you get this training, is there anyone out there getting compensate for this?

    And what about a differente board certification? one that takes the medicine we practice more seriously than the AANP or the ANCC. One that makes you re-certify, One that makes a D-NP stand out from a MSN-NP.

    I have NO interested in family practice, I Don't want to own my own practice, I LOVE emergency medicine and want to have the skills and the Knowledge to provide the best care possible for my patients.

    Alright, lets have it.
    Last edit by Joe V on Aug 28, '12
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    Emergency Nurse Practitioner; from US
    Specialty: 2 year(s) of experience in Emergency,


  3. by   zenman
    Join the military, get stationed in a war zone and you'll get some education. I've always earned more than an RN. Even if you're not are ya happy doing what you're doing vs what they are doing? I'd dig ditches before I go back to staff nursing. And there's CME...
  4. by   CCRNDiva
    St. Lukes in PA has an Emergency/Trauma NP fellowship. University of Maryland also has a trauma fellowship. Both programs look phenomenal to me and I plan on applying to both after graduation. A former colleague of mine completed some clinical time for his ACNP program at U of Maryland and he was very impressed. He would have jumped at the chance to complete a fellowship there but family obligations prevented him from doing so. He is currently a trauma coordinator and told me that completing such a fellowship would allow me to "write my own ticket" thereafter.

    Good luck in your journey!!