Why are you a NP rather than an RN? - page 2

hello all, i had planned on starting nursing school in a year for my adn but have just found out about an msn bridge program for which i may qualify. i already have my bs in psychology, and this program would allow me to get... Read More

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    my suggestion to you would be (unless you are in a big fat hurry . . . ) to pursue one of the fast-track bsn programs for rns, work in the field for at least a year or two and then apply to an np program. it is difficult to explain the benefits of background . . . but experience is a wonderful teacher!

    i am going to agree and disagree with the above statement. my advice would be this....if you have the chance to matriculate into an np class now...go for it. why would you spend the time getting an adn when in the same time you can do a np tract...donít both give you a rn license....yes. however, nothing says you have to practice as a np when you graduate. you can work as a rn for a year of two to gain that valuable (and i really believe it is valuable) experience....then look to move up and work as an np...that way just makes a lot more sense time and financial wise....anyways, just my .02 cents worth

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    I agree with Great Dane. I strongly advise you pursue your NP instead of the ADN. I too had the choice ~ 4 years ago between the two. I chose the NP route as a BA Psychology grad (like you) and then went straight into a 3 year program that allowed me to get my RN, MSN and NP at the same time. I took the undergrad and grad nursing courses, sat for the NCLEX and graduated this past June! I passed the national certifying exam and am now practicing as a NP in women's health. I love it. I did work temporarily as an RN at a prestigious hospital for the "experience" after graduation (that was my first and only job as an RN). It is nothing like working as an NP. Totally different!! I encourage you to go for the NP, you can practice as an RN when you finish your degree even if you have the NP licensure!

    Best of luck.

    Pinny :wink2:
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    My only concern is that I won't even like nursing or won't be good at it, and will not realize this until after I've spent thousands of dollars for my MSN. Plus, the only university in this area that offers a bridge program is Vanderbilt, and it would cost me $100,000 to complete that program. That just BLOWS my mind. I mean, that's like buying another house.

    I have always had the tendency to jump into things without fully thinking them through, and while it would take the same amount of time to get either the ADN or MSN, I'm leaning toward taking the slower route. It will work out either way, and at least if I go slowly, I won't be weighted with worry about all the debt I would be getting myself into going straight for the MSN. I'm only 26 years old, so I have many more years to work my way up.

    Thanks for all of your input, though. I really appreciate it, and I know the other fledgling nurses on here do as well.
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    I am quite new in nursing. I think I get some wrong concept on nursing practitioner. Actually, what exactly it is? What will they do? Does NP need a license? Can NP choose back to work as a RN? Does all MSN (with whatever major specialized) can work as an NP? Does NP recognized internationally like a RN? What can they do in other countries? What's the difference of NP from Nurse Specialist? Sorry for so many questions and thank you for any replies.
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    It is best to consider any decision you make wisely, whether ADN or NP. There is also an accelerated program at UT Knoxville that takes 3 yrs. I completed the Vanderbilt program and have never regreted it. It is rigorous as it's 3 yrs work rolled into 2 full years, but it's a great program and I had no trouble finding employment. There are also many loan repayment options to help with the financial end. Good luck!
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    Quote from Dave ARNP
    I am a NP because I wanted to make the orders, not follow them.

    Once you understand that, you realize that bedside nursing is alot different from advance practice.

    why not become an MD then?

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