High School senior seeking more info about PNPs.

  1. [font=book antiqua]hi everyone! i'm a high school senior looking for many questions to be answered about the career of a pnp. i'm new here on this site, but hopefully someone that has prior pediaric nurse practitioner knowledge or an equivalent can help me. some questions are:

    [font=book antiqua]1. how many years total is there to be completed in undergraduate/graduate/specialty school?
    [font=book antiqua]2. what are the hours usually worked?
    [font=book antiqua]3. the settings usually worked in(hospital, clinic, etc.)?
    [font=book antiqua]4. what is an approximate annually, monthly, or weekly wage?

    [font=book antiqua]if anyone can help me , i'd deeply appreciate it! thanks again!!
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  3. by   purplemania
    I am not a PNP but I can recommend you contact the local university that has a nurse pratitioner program. They may be able to mail you information. Also, there is at least one Nurse Pract. website and may be one or more for Peds. You might try about.com. Good luck!
  4. by   cincygirlpnp
    1. How many years total is there to be completed in undergraduate/graduate/specialty school?

    4 years undergrad (if you go full time and get accepted into a BSN program after high school, two years of grad school if you go full time

    2. What are the hours usually worked?

    Depending on area of care. Offices are usually 8-4 M-F maybe saturday AM's., but usually can stay late. Expect around 50hours/week at least. If you wrok in a hospital, somtimes your days can start at 0600 with AM rounds with the Docs. Some PNP's take call, which means you are worken up all night with calls from worried parents or the hospital. Sometimes if it is the hospital you might have to go in at 3am to look at a pt. But not all PNP's take call.

    3. The settings usually worked in(hospital, clinic, etc.)?
    ALL of the above! Many PNP's work in pediatric hospitlas. I'm working in primary care at a physician's office

    4. What is an approximate annually, monthly, or weekly wage?

    BIG varience here. Starting out can be anywhere from 42,000-65,000/year. Just depends on what you are willing to do and how badly you are needed. You usually are paid a salary and not per hour, this means when you work over you do not get paid extra money. Though if you a re a PNP who takes call, sometimes you can sqeeze extra money out of your employer for this.

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