I am new to allnurses, so I hope I am posting this in the right place... I have always been interested in becoming an NP, and this is actually what drew me to nursing in the first place. However, I do have some questions that I am hoping to gain some insight from...my questions to you experienced NPs would be:
How truly autonomous are you in your practice? (I think this may vary by state?)
Do you feel well respected? (I've seen some pretty nasty internet talk regarding NPs on various forums, and was wondering if this actually carried over into the real world...)
and the most important question I have...
Do you feel NP school provided you with a thorough enough knowledge base (or in other words...did you feel comfortable practicing as a relatively new grad NP)?
Looking back, do any of you wish you had became a physician instead? (please no flaming...just an honest question...I'm aware that most NPs probably had no desire to become a physician)
Sorry for the long post...I guess what I'm really getting to is, would you become an NP again if you had a "do-over"?
I'm just trying to weigh my options to see if I am following the right path.