Before I ask my questions, I just wanted to say that I am so happy to have found this website. You all are a wealth of information, and I am glad to have a place to ask your opinions.
My eventual career plan, after obtaining my BSN and working for a few years, is to attend an NP program. One of my concerns is whether the clinical preparation in the NP programs would enable me to be comfortable with practice after graduation.
I have been reading through the NP forum and saw quite a few posts from NPs who did not feel they had adequate clinical training during their programs, and who said that they honed many of their skills after they graduated and started working. This makes sense to me when thinking of how MDs learn many of their skills in residency. Since NPs do not have a formal training period akin to residency however, I was curious as to how this period of learning on the job works. Are new NPs paired with seasoned NPs or MDs who show them procedures, double-check every case, etc? Or do the new NPs just ask for help where they need it (which might be for every case in the beginning)? What do employers
expect of new NPs in terms of knowledge and clinical skill, and does this differ depending on what specialty one chooses?
Thanks in advance for any information / opinions you can share.