Sooo many questions... sooo confused... and no one to help me!!
I am an RN with an associates degree living in Los Angeles, California. I plan to move forward with my education and receive a masters degree. I am so confused on the differences between all the specialties!!
I did complete my preceptorship at an ICU which I enjoyed!! So I was thinking of becoming a critical care nurse. Then I got thrown off with everything else (Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, Nurse Practitioner,etc).
What are the differences between them??? Who earns more?? Is it harder to find a job as an educator or administrator? (I heard Nurse Administrator's have a hard time finding jobs). I've also heard that Nurse Practitioners are always overworked by the Dr.'s and they get paid less.
Is the critical care nurse post masters? Is that a degree or certificate??
I am so confused on all this!! Who does earn more? What are the pro's and con's?? Yes I have done my research on my own... but every site gives conflicting information/data. So I thought what better place to ask then allnurses!!
Please do give me your opinions... it's really important to me!!
I could not apply to UC's because they require 1 yr minimum experience which I don't have. Also, I couldn't get into the cal-state's because the deadline to apply was before I even passed my nclex. I don't want to wait a whole year just to apply plus another 5 years to receive my masters. So I thought about doing it online... like with Kaplan University for example. My teacher told me that it doesnt look good to be getting degrees from online. Is that true?? But it's Bachelors and Masters in like 3 years total!!
Has anyone received a degree from online?? Any problems??
Also, online only offers MSN in Nurse Educator or Nurse Administrator. Which one is a better pick?? I have no idea!! I love to teach but I like to manage and be a leader at the same time. Then from there, can I still go into critical care?? or NP??
Does anyone know of even better programs in California??
Thank you everyone for your time!!
Jul 13, '10
Quote from SWE3TLILSHORTY
I have looked into all fields. But I'm SURE there's little things here and there that ONLY NP's or Nurse administrators and/or educators can tell me personally that will NOT be written or found over the internet...
I like to get ALL the information before I chose something. I have done my research and am obviously still confused. I like all fields. I just don't know which one I like MORE!! That's why I'm trying to get everyone's opinions... and telling me to wait or look into it later is not helping me any... and its not answering my question either.
There are also hundreds of little things you can't possibly now unless and until you actually work in the role, in the same way that school didn't prepare you for every aspect of the actual practice of nursing. In addition, I suspect few if any members are going to be prepared to invest the time and effort involved to comprehensively explain their perceptions of each pro and con in their role.
It's just not possible to get all the information beforehand, and if you don't know which role you prefer there's absolutely no way strangers on the internet will know for you. Plus, unless you're more amazing than any nurse I've yet met, you have only the most superficial understanding of what's involved in an advanced practice role at any level, because it's only possible to get the nuances and breadth of that with more than a year of experience.
Which is why the members who've posted thus far have all recommended you wait a little. So far that's everyone's opinion, even if it's not the answer you want. But maybe someone'll come along, prove me wrong and post a perfect career map for you. Good luck.
Last edit by talaxandra on Jul 14, '10
: Reason: typo
Jul 13, '10
Please don't shout at me.
My training program had over 4,000 clinical hours over three years; eight relatives were nurses, one a dentist, three doctors, one a physio - and none of that increased my understanding of advanced practice roles, because a lot of nursing clincal practice is applied knowledge, in addition to theory, and can only be gained through experience. Which is why I said that unless you were more amazing than any other nurse I'd met, less than a year of clinical experience is insufficient to have a strong grasp on the nuances of advanced practice roles.
Who am I to say this? I'm a Clinical Nurse Specialist with over twenty years of acute care experience at a tertiary referral hospital. You say you don't sugar coat, but you don't want negativity, which makes it difficult for me to respond further. However, though I've clearly written posts you disagree with, I have not attacked you, I have not maligned you, and I am not interested in creating an adversarial discussion. I'm sorry that you seem to be taking my advice personally, and am happy to leave the floor to other members, who may well have different advice, or from whom you may be more comfortable hearing.
Last edit by talaxandra on Jul 13, '10