Is becoming a NP worth it? - page 5

Im very interested in getting an advanced practice degree sometime in my future. Im currently an ADN working on my BSN which will be done next year this time. Im really wondering if NP school is... Read More

  1. Visit  NPAlby profile page
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    It is worth it. I can not imagine having to go back and being a bedside RN. I have autonomy. I make good money. Im a contractor and work as littlle or as much as i want. There is no trying to decide if its Christmas or Thansgiving you want to spend with family. Plus I love the work and feel it suits my personailty a lot more than bedside, inpt work. I feel bad for my friends from nursing school who have not gone back. Then again I understand to each their own.
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  2. Visit  afjgnp profile page
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    For me, no it was not worth it. I love geriatrics, but as a GNP, there are no jobs. When the last of the GNP program graduated(myself included in that 3 people who graduated). I don't feel it was a great program and I have health issues that have become worse since I've graduated. That is me. I wish you the best of everything. You will do fine.
  3. Visit  FinallyRNStatus profile page
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    opps! :b
    Last edit by FinallyRNStatus on Mar 9, '13
  4. Visit  DeVonna32RN-BSN profile page
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    So awesome!! I am getting ready to start a adult/gero ACNP program. Do you have any pointers or advice you don't mind sharing?
  5. Visit  NPAlby profile page
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    My advice is to find out the market for your specialty. I know even before I applied to grad school where I wanted to practice, geographically speaking. Also try to keep expenses down. I went to a state school and was able to finish paying off the debt before I even got my NP license, dea #. This is an investment in your time, energy and money. Plan accordingly.
  6. Visit  harmonizer profile page
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    Quote from RNalby
    I feel bad for my friends from nursing school who have not gone back. Then again I understand to each their own.
    Please don't blame them. It is not always worth it. Much.. much more liability and less then 1/2 pay of MD b/c of saturated market. That's the excuse I got from most of my ex-classmate and ex-coworker who did not go back. I don't know about you. But I feel like I always have to keep going with the time-limit with NP jobs and there is no down time. You are given certain time slots to see patient. However, you can relax and enjoy down-time in the ward on RN jobs.
  7. Visit  hbp1 profile page
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    I graduated NP school in 2011. I thought my starting salary was a little low. I work hard and I am very type A. My yearly raise in 2012 was fantastic! I have been a RN for 12 years before graduating from NP school. All I can say is GO! Finish your NP program. The starting salary may seem low for an NP, but if you work hard, the yearly raises/bonuses will put you WELL above RN salary. I am in the Southeast. I will never miss answering call bells, code browns, or breaking my back to lift/reposition patients. Finish NP school. I would do it all over again (if I had to).
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  8. Visit  NPAlby profile page
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    Quote from drmorton2b
    $125 an hour for a contract Psych NP here in New England.

    I will be an NP someday, as long as I have a steady nursing job to plan $ wise. I think nursing wages will go down slowly for the average floor nurse. We won't notice the pay cuts because they will come in the form of no raises and heavier workloads.

    Also I am tired of people confusing me the LPN as a NP, just like people think that because I am male I must be the doctor.
    Ok where is this job that pays PsychNPs $125/hr? I hate the cold but it would be nice to be near my family again.
  9. Visit  NPAlby profile page
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    Quote from harmonizer
    Please don't blame them. It is not always worth it. Much.. much more liability and less then 1/2 pay of MD b/c of saturated market. That's the excuse I got from most of my ex-classmate and ex-coworker who did not go back. I don't know about you. But I feel like I always have to keep going with the time-limit with NP jobs and there is no down time. You are given certain time slots to see patient. However, you can relax and enjoy down-time in the ward on RN jobs.
    Oh I dont blame my friends for not going back to school. They got married and had kids. Career was not top priority for them. I just feel bad when we get together and they share the same complaints from 6yrs ago. I dont have the time crunch as much as others so maybe thats why I get to enjoy my role as Psych NP. I understand FNPs have 15min to see clients. Thats a whole other ball of wax.
  10. Visit  FuturePsychNP profile page
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    In lurking, I've seen a lot of people worried about what they'll make as a NP. It's all perception, I suppose. I have been in a profession in which I outranked people, but some of those I outranked made a bit more due to years in service. I make nearly 20k more than I did in my previous line of work, which I did full-time will working on my RN/BSN, and the cost of the program happens to be equivalent to the increase in salary I now have.

    For my area and my chosen NP focus I'll come very close to doubling what I make now. So to summarize from 32k to 53k to c. 100k. I'm tickled pink over it, lol.
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  11. Visit  harmonizer profile page
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    Quote from NPAlby
    . I dont have the time crunch as much as others so maybe thats why I get to enjoy my role as Psych NP. I understand FNPs have 15min to see clients. Thats a whole other ball of wax.
    What do you get 1 hr per 1 patient? That's not fair comparison. We do not have easier job at all. FNPs do not deal with lengthy documentation and trying to get patient with poor historian b/c of psychosis/tangential thoughts/ manipulation to give you needed info. They do not get yelled at. They do not have to call family for collateral info or dig into the chart for more information. They do not walk the grey line of suicide assessment. That's what the extra time assessment time is for. Psych is not as great as people think. Glass may seems to be greener on the other side with exaggeration.
  12. Visit  BostonFNP profile page
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    Quote from harmonizer
    FNPs do not deal with lengthy documentation and trying to get patient with poor historian b/c of psychosis/tangential thoughts/ manipulation to give you needed info. They do not get yelled at. They do not have to call family for collateral info or dig into the chart for more information. They do not walk the grey line of suicide assessment. That's what the extra time assessment time is for.
    Sadly we often do deal with this on a regular basis, and I get yelled at pretty much daily.

    Managing chronically ill patients with multiple comorbidities often complicated by dementia isn't super easy or quick either. I had a new patient today with 24 items on the problem list.

    We have a psych shortage here and I end up managing a number of psych meds I would rather not manage. That requires a lot of phone calls.
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  13. Visit  zenman profile page
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    Quote from harmonizer
    What do you get 1 hr per 1 patient? That's not fair comparison. We do not have easier job at all. FNPs do not deal with lengthy documentation and trying to get patient with poor historian b/c of psychosis/tangential thoughts/ manipulation to give you needed info. They do not get yelled at. They do not have to call family for collateral info or dig into the chart for more information. They do not walk the grey line of suicide assessment. That's what the extra time assessment time is for. Psych is not as great as people think. Glass (you mean grass don't you?) may seems to be greener on the other side with exaggeration.
    That's what we want you to think. Actually primary care sees more psych patients and prescribes more psych meds. They are also more likely to hear of SI. Even at my location most suicidal patients present to the ED so the ED doc gets them first. I get 30 minutes for rechecks and 1 hour for initial assessment. This is ample time to get a great history and really find out about the patient. Any psychosis/tangential thoughts/manipulation is considered by us to be much less distasteful than treating snotty nose kids or sticking our finger up someones butt. It's what we do so we can handle it. We can bill and get paid for review of records so that's no problem. I dictate so my documentation is not an issue. I'm never behind with it. Life is so sweet...and my salary is so big.

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