I don't think I want to do FNP anymore?

  1. 0 I am in my first semester of FNP school at UAB. Advanced patho is taught by an instructor with ph.d. my other friends that are FNPs said their patho was much easier. This course is very challenging to me, but prior to getting in FNP I have always had a second thought about having the primary provider role. I really enjoy having my RN,BSN. I really think I made a mistake, but I am going try to tough out the semester, plus my parents don't want me to quit. It is really hard juggling school and full time job. Is that normal having second thoughts in 1st semester.
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  4. Visit  Amanda1985 profile page
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    I am feeling the exact same way! I just started the first semester of the FNP program and not 100% sure I would like to do this. I am also working and trying to complete the post masters FNP in 1 year. I am confused, but glad to know I am not the only feeling this way.
  5. Visit  Jmallard profile page
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    Thank you for replying. Yes, I am the only nurse in my family, so nobody understands how much I am stressing about this decision. I don't want to have the fear of completing the program, but being unhappy in my practice.
  6. Visit  Jmallard profile page
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    Don't know if I want that type of responsibility now. Then on another note, some floor nurses are making more money working 3 12hr shifts with shift differential than FNP on salary!
  7. Visit  Tinabeanrn profile page
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    What makes you think you will be unhappy as a FNP? The patho class?
  8. Visit  sunshineonleith profile page
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    I'm currently in a tough CRNA program, and every time I feel overwhelmed and like I'm drowning (with the exceptions of my stats class) I just have to tell myself to buck up and learn the info, because I'm going to use the information every. single. day. for the rest of my career.

    If the patho class is boring to you, maybe FNP isn't for you. But if its just difficult, you CAN overcome and do well in the class in order to pursue your goals.
  9. Visit  sunshineonleith profile page
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    Also, TinnabeanRn, I love your avatar because many days I show up and think, "just keep swimming, just keep swimming..."
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  10. Visit  RNInterupted profile page
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    If you are already having second thoughts now is the time to re-evaluate before you spend a lot of money on something you don't want.

    Good luck with your decision:-).
  11. Visit  PatsyRN profile page
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    Quote from Jmallard
    I am in my first semester of FNP school at UAB. Advanced patho is taught by an instructor with ph.d. my other friends that are FNPs said their patho was much easier. This course is very challenging to me, but prior to getting in FNP I have always had a second thought about having the primary provider role. I really enjoy having my RN,BSN. I really think I made a mistake, but I am going try to tough out the semester, plus my parents don't want me to quit. It is really hard juggling school and full time job. Is that normal having second thoughts in 1st semester.
    Jmallard;6948762:
    Getting into your program is no small feat , you are to be commended. I would not so quickly walk away or make a snap decision due to stress. Can you just drop and take this later from another instructor? Also cut back on your work if you can. I think it is normal to have second thoughts. Give it a chance. Good Luck
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  12. Visit  elbasurito profile page
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    Just remember guys, the FNP is an advanced practice nurse. If you're considering it for the salary/money, don't go into FNP. People in need are coming to you, and you have more autonomy in directing their healthcare ... so please don't enter into this type of nursing profession because of salary.
  13. Visit  WyndDrivenRain profile page
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    Patho can be tough. I think working full-time and trying to find time to study is really hard. Can you cut down your hours at work? I wouldn't judge the NP role from a patho class. Do you think you'd be happier with another advanced practice specialty. I started in FNP and switched to PMHNP, which was my nursing area and I'm much happier. I'm at USA and my program is time consuming, but because I'm in an area that I enjoy and want to be in, it makes it much easier.
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  14. Visit  myelin profile page
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    I think you need to step back and think about your career goals. What is your passion? Do you love bedside nursing or do you love the idea of being a healthcare provider? It sounds like you really love being a "RN, BSN" as you put it - so what's making you pursue the FNP?
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  15. Visit  Jmallard profile page
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    Well, I guess I don't know what to expect and ask freaking out. I suppose that in this role, you will have to be able to pop out diagnoses when the patient talks with you and know your stuff and then the liability. Many of my friends that are FNP said you leave out the room and use resources for all that. But I guess they will train you for that and you learn by experience. I remember when I became a nurse, I didn't know everything when I got my license, I still had to learn, but I guess I feel the same way if I am a Np, what if after school I don't know certain things when I start working? Is it really that simple to use epocrates and other resources to help you diagnose and prescribe.
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