NP Career Questions - page 2

Hi everyone, I'm considering a complete career shift from marketing and educational research to Nurse Practitioner. My questions fall into 3 broad categories: what is the actual day-to-day work,... Read More

  1. by   KatieMI
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    Shadowing and ​graduate programs
    What is the best way to find a shadowing or volunteer opportunity?

    None, unless you have personal contact AND the facility allows it. Which is, in current legal climate and obscession with privacy, highly unlikely. Hospital volunteering will not bring one in any closer contact with patients or providers than selling them popcorn.

    What is your opinion on graduate entry NP programs (i.e., programs for individuals with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing discipline)?

    I personally have no problem with them. Such programs provide way out from bedside for students who are not at all interested in "traditional" nursing in the first place and likely have qualities which, to say the least, are not always seen as something positive among many nurses.

    I'd heard many times that new grads have more problems finding jobs after such programs but every time it happened that the new grad in question was either in area with paucity of jobs (mostly highly populated states and/or metro areas), or had impossibly high requirements.
    The cost of such programs might be a problem. Mid-range level (no big names) ABSN+low-cost, in-state, no big name, accelerated online MSN will likely cost a bit less than any direct-entry MSN, while being a bit shorter in time, as it can be done in 3 years total instead of around 4.

    Do you think it's important to work as an RN before g​oing for a DNP? If so, can you find work with an AS degree, or is a BSN necessary?

    1). Not at all necessary (please see above); 2). Work functions of ASN and BSN are essentially the same; 3). DNP is only necessary if one intended to teach in university setting or do nursing-specific research. For everything else, MSN is enough and for all likeness will be enough for the next few decades.

    Work experience can be beneficial for those who never had any previous job in healthcare AND is employed in position which allows him/her to function within full scope of practice of RN. The latter part of it happens more and more rarely nowadays, and months/years of perfecting "customer service skills" are not helpful in preparing one to become a healthcare provider.

    ​Can you start as a Family NP and then add certifications to specialize? I'm interested in women's health and mental health, but I want to keep my options open​.

    You can do both with just FNP and no certificates, or you can do one in approximately 1 - 1.5 year (and, yeah, 500+ clinical hours, double borad exams and double spending on certifications every X years).

    And, yeah, second-career students have a very few options financing their education except private loans, unless they have independent savngs and pay out of pocket.
    Last edit by KatieMI on Oct 24, '17