I was going to go into the CRNA field but now I'm considering the NP route.
A girl in my class (BSN program) mentioned that she was going to go the NP route. She mentioned that NP's make the most out of nurses and I told her that CRNA's make substantially more. She mentioned that you can write your own prescriptions for patients. This didn't really have an effect on me. However, she also mentioned that you could own your own practice. Hold on a second. . .
You can own your own practice as a nurse practitioner? Meaning, myself, or a group of NP's, could purchase a location, get all the licenses and what not, and actually see patients like an immediate medical facility or what not?
I have a friend who's a pharmacist and she did something similar. While she was in school, her and four other students made plans to open a pharmacy in Queens when they graduated. It was a success. If this is possible for an NP to open a practice, how much is the start up cost? I'm thinking 250-500k.
Are there such places? I know a lot of facilities/practices now hirer NP's and PA's to perform the same tasks that an MD would perform. This is more economical for the facility. However, it's the organization that's paying the NP's. The services themselves still cost the same regardless of who performs them, correct? This is why it's economical to hire NP's, correct? It's kinda sketchy what I'm getting at, but basically, the health insurance companies HMO's and/or the patients themselves are going to be paying the facility the same amount for the service they receive regardless of who performs the practice. So, a practice consisting of NP's would be more economical, correct?
Basically, she mentioned that her father's a Doctor and she wants to take over his practice. It's funny, we're both in the same boat. She's got a BS in biology just like me, we both just started this year, and we're neck and neck at the top of our class (so far). Too bad she's got a boyfriend or I'd propose, haha.