I became an NP the long and hard way. I started out with ASN, worked in the hospital as an RN in the float pool for the 1st year (went through all the required hoops of working through med-surg, peds, OB, ortho..etc). Went to work 2 yrs in ICU...at the same time...going to school to finish pre-regs for undergrad school for BSN. Went and got BSN. Went and enrolled directly into MSN/FNP program...while working in ICU and ER at same hospital. When I finally finished with my NP, I was hired by the ER medical group (that was 2 yrs ago already). During that time, I was STILL working 50/50 in the ICU as bedside RN and ER as NP..sometimes, when I wanted to work extra, as an RN in ER.
Where am I now? I'm about to start CRNA school in August! :hatparty: Yet another chapter in my nursing career.
Was it expensive getting to where I am now? YES!!!
Would I have taken another route to get to where I am today if I had the opportunity to do so? NO!!!
The experiences that I have gained from the very beginning of my nursing career..........................PRICELESS!!!
Bottom line is...take it slow and enjoy the journey that you will be enbarking on soon. Rushing the trip will only make you miss the nice and scenic stops along the way.