Quote from shibaowner
It has been noted elsewhere on this forum that too many RNs are looking to be NPs just for career progression. This post is a great example of this.
You should go to NP school because you want to be an NP. Plain and simple. I have a friend who is going to NP school because she wants a better M-F schedule. That's her main reason. And I won't be surprised if/when she dislikes working as an NP. You will be disappointed if you are doing it for the schedule, or the money, or the prestige, or simply because you think you have to at this point in your career.
Let's be honest, being an NP is more like a physician than a RN. So you need to like the role of physician (diagnosing, prescribing, etc) more than you do RN.
Quote from DizzyJon
If you knew you wanted to in inpatient, then why didn't you do an ACNP program? You chose FNP which is an outpatient clinic specialty and now are upset you can't land your dream inpatient job....sounds like you didn't do your homework before becoming an NP.
This is a perfect example of the "I chose FNP so I would have more options" phenomenon. There are other tracks for a reason. Do your homework. I had *zero* desire to be a FNP. You will absolutely find a job as an ACNP/WHNP/PNP, and if you want to work inpatient/psych/women's health/peds specifically, then choose that specific track. You will be trained better for it, and it will only help you in landing that "dream job".
Quote from WestCoastSunRN
Becoming an NP is more of a career CHANGE than a career PROGRESSION. And this is certainly why direct entry NP programs can even exist.
Considering taking on the role of provider should give nurses pause. Not because it is so difficult and only the best and brightest nurses will or can do it well (though there is argument for this), but because... is it what they really. want. to. do?
Yet too often APN has been viewed as the pinnacle of nursing. An arrival of sorts. But, IMO, this is a serious misunderstanding of the various roles in nursing and advancement of those various roles.
Yes. If you love nursing it does not just follow that you will love being an NP. Deep down I don't fundamentally agree with direct entry NP programs, but I completely identify with those who went into nursing to pursue an advanced degree. I went into nursing to be an NP or CRNA (ultimately chose NP) not a RN. If you're a good nurse, you don't have to go become an NP or CRNA. Stay a bedside nurse. Get a generalized master's and become a charge nurse, nurse leader, unit director, etc.
As an NP, you could pay me a RN wage and have me working crazy hours but I'd 100% still choose NP over RN - because I like the work.
To the OP, if you like being a bedside nurse, go back to it.