What is a Nurse Practitioner? - page 2

Nurse Practitioners (NP) are registered nurses (RN) with graduate level degrees and are considered advanced practice nurses. They are able to provide health care services to patients in a variety of... Read More

  1. by   zenman
    Quote from Concerto_in_C
    I've always had mixed emotions about advanced practice nurses because I'm curious what drives and motivates them...
    Everyone will have different reasons for becoming a NP. For me it was desire for more knowledge and the ability to treat patients my way. The 6 figure salary certainly doesn't help either. You also may the transition from being an "expense" to a revenue-producer.

    Is an APN still #1 a nurse, or is she #2 a doctor wannabe? Because if #2 is true, then we need to talk about it.
    "Nurse" is part of your name but most of us are #3...Nurse Practitioners.
  2. by   william1
    Hey Nomad... Sorry to get off the topic but I wanted to get your personal opinion on a couple things if thats ok. Ive been an icu nurse for a couple years and looking to do either crna or np, or possibly both if it is feasible. If you had to choose which would you say is the better path both monetarily and for personal satisfaction. Im having a difficult time trying to decide because I really don't know anyone in either field.
  3. by   nomadcrna
    CRNA makes much more than FNP does. The only way I can come close to making CRNA pay is by doing ER. Even that is less per hour but in rural ERs you can do 24 hour shifts.

    Avg: fnp pay is around 95-100k
    Avg: CRNA pay is around 185k

    ER is satisfying. Aspects of clinic can be as well. I do have to say that 20-30 patients a day is NOT very satisfying. You don't have much time with the patients.

    I enjoy the extra time as a CRNA. I just did 3 years of 8:30 to 5pm clinic mon-fri, my own inpatients along with ER call 2 days per week. Now I'm doing 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off for way more money. In my off time I cover the ER some days in neighboring towns.
    I like aspects of both. I think being an FNP as really improved my anesthesia care of the patients. I think all NP specialties should start with a basic FNP and then specialize. Sadly, it is easier for the schools to make money by adding in informatics, business, MORE EBM instead of something useful(in the DNP).

    Much depends on the state you plan to practice. Are you in a good practice state or somewhere terrible like Texas or Florida?
  4. by   jbenn024
    Hey Nomadcrna, I see you stated to start with a basic FNP. In order to work in ER do most hospitals require you to have an ACNP? Or does it depend on where you work?
  5. by   Baubo516
    I have been up all night working... commenting so I can find this easily later! Thanks for sharing!
  6. by   HappyWife77
    Very informative. Thanks.
  7. by   nomadcrna
    In all the hospitals that I have worked as ER provider, I have never neen asked about the ACNP. The only wanted FNP so they could see all patients. According to the ANCC, ER is a specialty and not role or population. The even have a certification for Emergency Nurse Practitioner.

    Quote from jbenn024
    Hey Nomadcrna, I see you stated to start with a basic FNP. In order to work in ER do most hospitals require you to have an ACNP? Or does it depend on where you work?
  8. by   DidiRN
    I appreciate everyone's input! I'm going to update the article soon with what all of you recommended
  9. by   wlaa
    Interesting posts.
  10. by   rn2728
    I am writing a paper in my BSN program an I need to interview a NP.
    Here are some question
    What type of certification or education do you have?
    Are you a member of a professional organization?
    Is a continuing education required in you specialty?
    Do participate in community events?
    Please I would appreciate any answers .
    Thanks Emily