Really confused.. Pls Help!

  1. I'm a pre-nursing student and finishing up the last 4 of my pre-reqs. Once I get accepted into nursing school, I'll finish with my ADN as an RN. I will be going back to school to get my BSN and my MSN. I would like to eventually be a nurse practitioner; not sure exactly what specialty just yet (maybe Peds or ER). I'm not exactly sure how all this schooling works or how to go about becoming a nurse practitioner.
    I guess my question is:

    Will I have to go back to school to get my practitioner license after I get my MSN or after my BSN?

    If so, how many more years is it to obtain my Practitioner license?!

    About how much would a Pediatric nurse practitioner make? Or an ER/Trauma nurse practitioner make?

    Or just any other advice about nurse practitioners or schooling would be great.

    Sorry to sound ignorant. I'm 21 yrs old and I'm really looking forward to a career in nursing. I have been doing a lot of research but just need a bit more info from people who are maybe already a nurse practitioner or from someone that is pursuing a career as a nurse practitioner as well.

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  3. by   queserasera
    You'd go back to get your NP certification after your BSN (the practitioner is generally certified through a master degree). However, it is not typical for schools to accept you into their NP program with no RN experience. So you'll have to work a few years before you go back to get your masters.

    Schooling for your adn-bsn will be about a year and then you'll have to work for a few years and then go back to become and NP which will be another 2 years if you power through it.

    Pediatric NP's the internet says about 61,000-100,000 that's going to vary on your location and skill level. You won't be making the upper end of that as a new np. according to show:
    According to Salary
    , emergency room nurse practitioners who have worked less than one year earn a median salary of $60,000 per year. This increases to $86,400 with five to nine years of experience, and $124,416 with more than 20 years of experience. This is from September 2010 data.

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  4. by   nurselife21
    Great information. Thank you so much!
  5. by   hodgieRN
    You may have the option for doing RN to MSN in one swipe. If you get your BSN before the MSN, you can work through school for experience. If you go RN to MSN, you might have work for a bit before entering. But it all depends on the college and admission requirements.
  6. by   SampsonSis
    I think it's possible to get your bsn without having gotten an associates degree first. Might save you some time and money, but will probably depend on the specific program costs.
  7. by   bTRUE
    Wow props to you for making some real and mature life goals for yourself ! Yeah once you get a BSN and RN license .. Then you can go on to your MSN to qualify to sit for NP exam. Or you can just go crazy and go straight for your DNP since your young and motivated ... Why not right?! I'm not sure what a NP makes ... Depends on your experience and location . Sometimes NPs can make less than experienced RNs .
  8. by   hodgieRN
    Yes, you don't need your RN to get your BSN. The BSN is training for the RN. Community colleges have ADN degrees. It's an associates degree in nursing while BSN is a bachelors. They are both RN's and they take the same boards. You have the option of getting your ADN or your BSN. Some universities allow ADNs to bridge straight to MSN.