Quote from jlan79
Hi, I was wondering if the NPs on this board can give me an idea of how they became NPs. Something like - "I went to school A for RN degree, worked as RN for x many years, went to school for masters, became NP and worked in Y capacity (which field, hospital/clinic setting, etc?) Just trying to get a feel of what the typical progression is.
Let's see: :icon_roll
1981 - graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication Disorders planning to eventually get a higher degree in either Deaf education or audiology (which required a Masters degree). Worked in the government instead as a clerk typist and volunteered with deaf kids as a teacher's aide and at my church doing sign language interpreting
1986 - Married, stayed home from 1988 -2001 as wife and mom. cooking, cleaning, mediating arguments, teaching social skills (don't hit, don't eat with your hands, say thank you, and please please grow up to be nice folks that I won't have to see on TV on one of those "America's Most Wanted type Shows"...) Loved almost every minute....
2001 - 5 kids had grown a little (2 adopted, 3 biological) therefore I returned to school with the 5 teens
at home to get prerequisites for BSN.
2002 - Entered BSN program. Survived by the grace of God using the study and pray method.
2004 - Graduated with BSN degree by the grace of God
2004 - 2007 - worked as rehabilitation nurse,... worked days, evenings, weekends, holidays. Loved working with that patient population (unfortunately I was developing aches and pains from lifting, pulling, shifting patients etc). One day while I had a difficult patient in midair in a Hoyer lift who was fussing at me a light bulb went on above my head lilke in the cartoons and I turned to the other nurse who was helping me and said... "that's it, I'm going back to get my Masters Degree".
2007 - Should soon graduate in December 2007 with a Masters in Adult Health (and it was difficult even with the pray and study method... I haven't worked many hours since March 2007 due to school work...). I plan to take the certification test in January or February (takes time for transcripts etc. to be ready so that students can take the certification test for NPs). (Only one teen
at home now....)
Not an NP until I am Certified... who knows what's next... I'll say one thing. Just had my last final exam hopefully of my life and I feel it was worth going back to school..................... Would like to work with either a disabled and/or elderly population as an ANP one day soon...