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- Jan 27, '09 by drjulieThank You so much for your quick reply! I will definitely use your advice!
I can see by not going the correct route could lead to the same situation.
- Jan 27, '09 by MissRobinHi drjulie - I too am a chiro who decided to get my RN. I went to Excelsior when they accepted chiros into their RN program. I am so glad I did it when I did. I graduated in 2004 from Excelsior. I am actually in their MSN - Education program right now. I love it. I am home with my 2 kids so I decided to load up on credits as I could handle them just so I can get done faster. I am applying for instructor positions for next fall already too. A couple schools will consider me b/c I would graduate in Jan which is close enough for them. I would encourage you to look at schools in your area. I don't regret for a second that I went back and left chiro. I have so many more options. As stated in another post you can keep working while you cont your education in nursing. Also everyone is very supportive and encouraging! My plan would be to teach nursing and I am looking into post-masters certificate FNP program. That way I could practice and teach. There are just so many avenues to explore. Good luck! Let me know if you have additional questions.
- Jan 27, '09 by ChiroDr Julie, I have not applied to an RN program yet. However, I am retaking some classes at this time. All of my course work is over 12 years old and some of the programs will not accept classes that old. I am hoping to start in a BSN program in 2010. This will give me enough time to figure out what I am going to do with my clinic. Sell it or close it. I have talked with a few chiros who are enrolled in the program at mid-america and I have heard a lot of the students are going to drop after the first year and enroll in a different NP program. I believe they also went up on the price. I still have not ruled out PA school, but at this time I am leaning toward a BSN program.
- Jan 30, '09 by al denteSince you are already a chiropractor, I would strongly recommend that you train as a NP rather than a PA if you want to continue practicing independently or have the ability to practice independently. NPs can practice independently in many states and in several others they need a 'collaborative agreement' in writing but can still essentially practice independently. Only a very small number of states require actual physician supervision. However, the position of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners is to obtain independent NP practice in every state and states are moving towards this. As a PA, you will ALWAYS have to have physician supervision to practice. Even if you open your own practice as a PA, you will have to pay a physician to supervise you. In many cases, this ends up being a formality, but, legally, you have to have physician supervision to practice. The extent of the supervision ranges from state to state and PA practice is governed by the BOM of that state.
Collaborative agreements for NPs are different. They are not supervision. They are a requirement by the BON of your state (and in a few cases the BOM) to have a written agreement on file indicating the physician with whom you will consult and/or refer if needed. The decision to collaborate on a certain case is made by the NP. Some states require a certain amount of time "on the tiles" by the collaborating and/or some chart review, but this is only in a few states and will likely be changing in the near future. And, again, it is not "supervision" by a physician.
You can review NP scope-of-practice by state through the Pearson Report that is published annually: www.webnp.net.Last edit by al dente on Jan 30, '09
- Jan 31, '09 by DC2RNI also agree that nursing is a better path than PA. I think the differences in clinical practice are small. PAs have an advantage in the operaing room. NPs have a greater degree of potential independence. In the real world, they both usually practice in a similar manner.
Directly comparing the clinical practice differences misses many of the career opportunities that are available to nurses, but not necessarily to PAs. Nurses run the hospitals and educate the staffs. Nurse administrators and nurse educators are highly paid professionals with plenty of opportunities for advancement.
When you work in a hospital, you will see that there are so many positions available to advanced practice nurses. You do not see these positions from outside of the hospital.Last edit by DC2RN on Jan 31, '09 : Reason: clarify
- Jan 31, '09 by texasDC2RNI am currently in the the DC to FNP program and I have to say it is a bit frustrating so far. There doesn't seem to be enough support, direction, etc. Hopefully that changes soon.
My goal is to first obtain my BSN, get some experience (if anyone is hiring then ), and continue with the FNP program. While chiropractic is great to practice, helps patients, and prevents many from unnecessary invasive treatment, it is like operating a restaurant. There's too much instability and the owner is really not employable outside of their practice. Financially, I have relatives who do better than me working nursing 9-5's while enjoying their patient interactions instead of dealing with the financial aspect of running a practice.
- Apr 21, '09 by Dr, RNbumpy
- Sep 15, '09 by chiros2005Hi all,
For all of you guys that changed careers from DC to RN or MSN, how are things going so far? I would love to read some updates.
- Sep 16, '09 by dsportsdcI am a DC working my way through school to ultimately become an FNP. I was in the first cohort (class) for MidAmerica, which has been discussed here quite a bit. We completed our BSN coursework in June (35 graduated with their BSN) and I am happy to report passing the NCLEX in August. I'm still in full-time chiro practice, so my schedule really doesn't fit with many nursing gigs out there. But, I have looked!
The MidAm program was good, for the most part. I anticipated, and experienced, growing pains as we forged a new path. Fortunately, I survived intact. We are now beginning two "head-start" classes that will roll into the MSN program that officially starts in January.
I was surprised to hear that there are other DCs out there who have already moved to nursing, and especially pleased to hear that it was a good move for you! I have spoken with a PM&R doc about my plans to be an FNP and she was blown away with excitement! She actually told me that she would hire me as soon as I finish....and that was when I was only 3 semesters into the BSN! Time will tell, but she actually said, "A chiropractor and an NP in one! What could be better?"
For the time being, I would love to work in nursing, but just can't figure it out with my practice. We do have new-grad opportunities here, but they require full-time work. Oh, well. I'll just keep moving to the MSN and will have to decide if I'll hire an associate to run the office or just sell the practice. Although it's complicated, the future is bright!
That's my scattered update on the DC-FNP!
- Sep 16, '09 by ChiroChiros 2005, I applied to a second degree BSN program at TWU. I will know if I am accepted in a couple of months. I looked into the Mid America program, but I could not afford the tuition. I am planning to keep my practice open part time and go to school. Hopefully I will start in January.