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I'm not a NP, rather in CNS school. My program has 576 hours of clinical and I too wish it were more. However, I do look at my previous RN experience (10 years of intense ER experience) and this has given me very good assessment skills.
That ER experience is your ace in the hole. You'll fly through NP school with no trouble. That's what helped me the most as well.
I think it should be completely changed to a Master's in Family Practice (take the nursing out of it). Requires a Bachelor's Human anatomy/physiology (as knowing this info cold is the basis for everything), then 2 years intense MEDICAL books/practice training, then one year of internship. (I think this is a good mix of MD/NP/PA) that would attract students and solve a lot of the primary care problems. I also think you could create a program in this amount of time that would make practitioners essentially as competent as a family practice physician as the stuff in medical school that wouldn't apply wouldn't be there (inpatient care, ICU, surgery rotations, etc). Then we could incorporate government subsidies to attract even more students so that healthcare costs would go down by sending all medicaid patients to these "Family Practitioners" instead of seeing them in the ER all the ******* time.
And, I think a healthcare finance course should be in there to teach us how to save money in the system. I'm so sick of seeing new patients who's old doctor put them on Benicar or Diovan who haven't tried Lisinopril or Atenolol I could puke.
Meanwhile, I'll continue wasting time reflecting on Florence Nightengale theory while my patient is in severe pain from the broken arm that I can't prescribe narcotics to because the politicians don't have a clue while I'm frantically looking through the radiology book trying to figure out how to read an X-Ray that nobody bothered teaching me while in NP school.