Hello to all you NP's!
I really need some honest advice here and am hoping you will help.
I decided to become a Nurse Practitioner (keep in mind that I do not even have my RN yet) after shadowing all my NP, as well as a couple NP's that are in hospitals. I really think that I would love being an NP, whether on a cardiology floor like a good friend of mine, or in private practice. So I have no issue there. What I do have a concern with is the part where I am "just an RN" (keeping in mind that I find this to be a very respectable and honorable profession - just seems that no one else does these days!). The horror stories that I've been reading are just breaking me down. So many nurses I hear say, "Why would you want to give up your nice cushy job, with your great salary, no weekends/no holidays, etc., to work a 12 hour night shift for little pay and/or respect?!" Well, that's a very good question and the answer to that is.... I don't
! I want to be an NP! But of course I have to be an RN first and plan to hopefully be accepted into a Direct Entry Masters Program, which means, I would work part-time as an RN for two years while getting my MSN and NP license. I just wonder, is it THAT bad? Can I get through it to get to my end goal of being an NP?
I know that none of you can make this decision for me, but I was looking for honest feedback from those of you that have done it yourself. Are you happy being an NP? Was it worth it? Would you recommend this career path to your best friend?
TIA! - J
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.
Last edit by MaleAPRN on May 19, '04
: Reason: grammatical error