Need Advice on FNP school! - page 3

hi, i have been a nurse for about 2 years, but with only about 7 months real experience in the hospital. i am wanting to go back to school for fnp, but am a little concerned that i don't have enough experience. my questions are:... Read More

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    Quote from ICUdudeKerry
    If you plan on working while you are in FNP school, then your skills will continue to grow.
    Whether I go straight to school or work for several years first, either way my plan is to work while I'm in my Grad program.

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    Curious me, which school wants you to go to their program right out of school? My school won't accept RN's out of school, they want 1 yr experience and preferably 2! I prefer FNP work better but it seems I have to gut it out for 2 years and I am not getting the opportunity to do ICU or ER?
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    The thing I would be worried about becoming an NP without previous RN experience is your potential marketability after you graduate. I do know that in my region, almost all the jobs advertised want at least 3 years of RN experience, with previous NP experience preferred - obviously these are jobs that are not really trying to recruit new grads, but at least with a few years of nursing experience under your belt you do stand a better chance of being able to sell yourself for job asking for the above experience.

    As far as what type of nursing to get into which would help you as a future NP, I agree with ED nursing (especially for a FNP program). You see the whole age spectrum, plus many of the patients are there for things that could be handled in the office setting. You get the chance to see the labs, X-rays, EKGs, etc. ordered and interpreted right there and then. If you wanted to go the ACNP route, then ICU/CCU is the place to be.

    Good luck!
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    Quote from MBARN
    Curious me, which school wants you to go to their program right out of school? My school won't accept RN's out of school, they want 1 yr experience and preferably 2! I prefer FNP work better but it seems I have to gut it out for 2 years and I am not getting the opportunity to do ICU or ER?
    I spoke with admissions for the University of Pennsylvania.....not "my" school....just one of the ones that I'm looking at. I won't graduate with my BS in nursing until June of 2011.
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    Quote from Softballmama
    The thing I would be worried about becoming an NP without previous RN experience is your potential marketability after you graduate. I do know that in my region, almost all the jobs advertised want at least 3 years of RN experience, with previous NP experience preferred - obviously these are jobs that are not really trying to recruit new grads, but at least with a few years of nursing experience under your belt you do stand a better chance of being able to sell yourself for job asking for the above experience.

    As far as what type of nursing to get into which would help you as a future NP, I agree with ED nursing (especially for a FNP program). You see the whole age spectrum, plus many of the patients are there for things that could be handled in the office setting. You get the chance to see the labs, X-rays, EKGs, etc. ordered and interpreted right there and then. If you wanted to go the ACNP route, then ICU/CCU is the place to be.

    Good luck!
    But wouldn't working through my grad program give me three years working as an RN?
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    If you're able to do it while in your program, then yes, that would give you some RN experience.
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    Excellent idea, yet common sense to work while going to grad school. I will be doing pre-specialty classes anyway the first year. It will take me 3years to complete the dual FNP/ACNP program.
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    just curious where do they have a dual program for FNP/ACNP???
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    Quote from RN28MD
    just curious where do they have a dual program for FNP/ACNP???
    Vanderbilt nursing school offer a dual FNP/ACNP program, which cam take 2-3years to complete. Emory Nursing School also offer a similar program, but they title it as ( ENP ). At this school you will be getting a FNP certification with acute care focus. This will enable you to market you self as a FNP, ENP, which is less restrictive in terms of caring for all acute ill pts across the life-span. Check out there website.... The clinical hours are extreme, but needed.
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    i have been a nurse almost 7 years and done a lot. i wanted to get my np through the air force but that is not going to work out. now i'm considering civilian np programs. everyone is saying to gain experience in the er but most of the nurses i talk to in the er say you mostly take care of the homeless and the drug seekers.


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