Alright, sorry if this is dumb but I have googled and searched many times w/ no definitive results.
I am dying to go to grad school because I loved it and did very well for undergrad- but I can't pick a major! On my cardiac floor I constantly read the charts and my goal is to really understand each clinical case. I'm fascinated w/ the disease process side of things. Basically I'm a nerd. I love it and I would love a challenging education.
I am very attracted to the education that NPs get. I want the knowledge but idk about the job itself. I just don't know if I want to leave bedside nursing forever. I am worried that if allowed- I would be liable for a physician error that went unnoticed.
Can I become a staff nurse and continue working as a floor RN?
Good question. I know a dozen NPs that hold RN Staff positions. The NPs of which I speak are also people who were RNs with work experience prior to becoming NPs and who held Staff RN jobs when he/she received his/her NP license. Alas, landing a NP job can be difficult in many markets even with years of RN work experience. Therefore, many choose to continue to work as Staff RNs out of necessity. Others I know convert a full-time Staff RN position into Per Diem so he/she can keep that job while working full-time as a new NP.
Of course, the NPs that I know are able to do this because our State's BON finds it acceptable for Nurses that work in positions where he/she is restricted to his/her RN license, to be accountable under the RN license only while remaining within the scope of practice of a RN. Thus, OP, one should check with his/her State's BON to answer your question. Good luck!
Last edit by MBARNBSN on Feb 19, '13