How do they compare? When you graduate from nursing school to become a RN, you know virtually nothing and so you require an extensive orientation, preceptorship, etc.; and of course we all know how stressful that first year was; and if you don't, just look at the 100s of posts on this MB for a reminder
NP orientations, in general, I suspect are quite a bit different.
First of all, since you work with an MD, do they teach you the ins and outs of doing your job or do you learn from other NPs, or is a majority of your learning done during school?
If a MD is your "preceptor" how does that work?
Aside from the private practice settings, do the docs value you as a professional, or are you still relegated to being "just a nurse"? For that fact, do private practice docs who use NPs resent them at the same time?
Is the experience of starting your career as an APN more or less stressful as it was when you first became a nurse?