What are the BEST and WORST States to practice as an NP? - page 7

I am speaking primarily from two perspectives here: 1. The degree to which NP's are accepted, recognized, and utilized in that area/state. 2. The degree to which state law recognizes NP's, and... Read More

  1. by   ERNP
    Seems like GA is the loser hands down from what I have seen here.

    Tennessee isn't so bad. We are required to have a collaborative agreement with a physician, he doesn't have to be on site. We have prescriptive priveleges for legend drugs and schedule 2 - 5 controlled substances with the appropriate DEA number.

    The salary seems to be going up here a little as well. At least for ER. The job postings seem to low ball the rate a little but doesn't take much effort to talk the hiring party up to a respectable wage and fringe package.

    However, physician attitudes about NPs vary widely. A good group makes a big difference.
  2. by   texas-rn-fnp
    I hear Georgia just passed the law for NPs to write scripts. They are supposedly dragging their heels on it and the NPs have to be proactive in getting the paperwork done. What a shame! That does not motivate me to ever want to go there to practice. NM and AZ lead the way though!
  3. by   sirI
    Just want to congratulate Georgia on writing that final chapter. There has to be a beginning of the effort to allow NPs the prescription privilege and there has to be an ending. It will take time for the paperwork to get lined out.

    Again, congrats, Georgia. What a beginning for you.
  4. by   nurseabc123
    I found this: http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/healthworkforce...scope3-5.htm#4

    It's actually an index of all the states -- ranking the working/state regulatory environments of NPs.
  5. by   lannisz
    yippee! Oregon is considered an "excellent environment" according to the wedsite you posted MSUnurse07! I just finished my first year of FNP/MSN in Oregon. I had heard Oregon was one of the best states for NP's to practice in. Glad to know I'm in the right state.
  6. by   np20020
    Actually, mississippi is a pretty good place to work as an NP. I work on the coast and have never had any problems with the M.D's here that I have collaberated with. Also--most eveyone I know is making 80-100 K a year. I have heard some dis about NP's but it seems to be comming from the doc's that are just butt's in general. the ones that treat RN's like poop as well when they are rounding in the hsopitals. Also the cost of living here is so much less than DC or LA or NYC(with the same pay)! I'm happy!
  7. by   -Midget-
    Zias, where are you going to FNP school at?
  8. by   texas_lvn
    Quote from RNCrissyPNP
    CHECK THIS OUT~ IT'S A LIST OF NP PRIVLEDGES ACCORDING TO STATE Hope it helps!

    http://www.nursingworld.org/gova/charts/dea.htm

    Thanks for the Link. It is super helpful!
  9. by   SueBee RN-BSN
    Quote from zias
    yippee! Oregon is considered an "excellent environment" according to the wedsite you posted MSUnurse07! I just finished my first year of FNP/MSN in Oregon. I had heard Oregon was one of the best states for NP's to practice in. Glad to know I'm in the right state.
    And if you see an influx of MD's, know that happy times will be over for NP's. NP's would be taking $$$ from the MD pocket.
  10. by   Papadoc
    Quote from SueBee RN-BSN
    And if you see an influx of MD's, know that happy times will be over for NP's. NP's would be taking $$$ from the MD pocket.
    Happy times for the MDs and DOs have been over for some time, except for some super competative specielties. But even those are nowhere close to what the've been. Things are drying up all across the board, and no discipline is immuned to their "sacred" turf anmore, IMHO
  11. by   SueBee RN-BSN
    Quote from Papadoc
    Happy times for the MDs and DOs have been over for some time, except for some super competative specielties. But even those are nowhere close to what the've been. Things are drying up all across the board, and no discipline is immuned to their "sacred" turf anmore, IMHO
    In Missouri the PA's are in danger, and the CNM can't fully practice any longer. Even the CRNA in limited.

    What I find to be bigeat shame of all is that nurses give their power to these doctors.
  12. by   meagain716
    I found this site which explains NPs prescribing privileges by state http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/440315

    It was published in 2002, so some of it might have changed, but it gives you a general overview of how NPs are perceived in terms of what they're allowed to prescribe.
  13. by   sirI
    Quote from meagain716
    I found this site which explains NPs prescribing privileges by state http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/440315

    It was published in 2002, so some of it might have changed, but it gives you a general overview of how NPs are perceived in terms of what they're allowed to prescribe.
    Thanks for posting that again, meagain716 (first posted on page 5).

    Hope to have an updated one soon.

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