NP...doing the right thing? - page 2

I know I run the risk of being flamed but I need to honestly make sure I am making a career change for the right reasons. 39 years old burnt out on current business career filled with smoke and mirrors and really felt a calling... Read More

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    Count me as one of those who doesn't understand why the charge nurse you were following suggested you go NP? It really makes no sense for someone who has no desire to be an RN and who is older. It is the long way around for sure AND is going to be way more expensive than PA school. I would imagine with PA school you are going to need about a year of pre-reqs such as chemistry, A&P, etc. but then PA school will be a quick 2 years (full-time of course) for you. Nursing school is going to seem like a LOT of BS to you as you float along being forced to learn care plans and nursing theory .

    If you don't want to be an RN and you think you have a reasonable chance of getting into a PA school, I would somehow hold off on the nursing school and focus your efforts towards PA.

    You say you don't really care for a huge amount of autonomy, but you do want some AND you are one who recognizes your limits. I think you will do fine in either role.

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    I went into nursing as a second career and did the Direct Entry route. I really didn't want to do bedside nursing, except in a few specific areas, and RN jobs just weren't available in my area. I did a Direct Entry program full time and immediately got a job as an FNP in a community health center. It's not my dream job, but I've learned a tremendous amount and have gained wonderful experience. I'll be well positioned to look for that dream job when my contract is up. I also considered the PA and MD route. Med school was out for several reasons; the expense, the time I would be out of the workforce, and the lifestyle (long hours, being on-call, etc). NP just felt like a better fit for me than PA. Not all the reasons are tangible, but I didn't really like the people I met at the PA school. They seemed very technically and task orientated, and not as patient oriented as I wanted. I'm happy I made the choice to go with NP. I make a decent salary, work 4 days a week, and never have to be on call. I work with a great bunch of NPs and MDs and have more than enough autonomy. It works for me.

    Best of luck with whatever path you choose.


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