I am in Nursing school right now, and I have about a year and a half left. I was wondering how long after I get my BSRN degree would I have to go to school? How much do Nurse Practitioners make? Can Nurse Practitioners work with babies or Labor and Delivery? I have heard many things from other students in my school, but I have not heard anything from a professional who has been there already.
Don't ever dismiss salaries in nursing as a consideration. If the profession is to advance so must the salaries. The best and the brightest do not work for free, they can not afford to. Advanced education requires a six figure investment now (tuition and lost income while doing it) and there needs to be a pay off. I am looking at NP schools as well and the pressure I am receiving to just apply to medical school makes me really reconsider. You have to love what you do if you are going to spend years in secondary education to get there and then decades doing it for sure. When nurses say you should not be doing it for the money they are really putting down the profession saying what we do is not valued. To heck with that. Patients come to the hospital for nursing care, not doctor care. Otherwise they would be doing open heart surgery at your local mall. Nurses are the back bone of the healthcare system and there is a culture of keeping nurses in their place to keep costs down and profits high; unfortunately alot of this comes from nurses with advanced degrees. Nurses deserve their share of the pie, since they do a significant amount of the work. Get some real life experience as a nurse before you apply to a NP school.
Last edit by TSchmitt on Jun 18, '09