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 to go to med school for an md to be able to take care of people. But too old to start med school and too old to pay back the debt
so the next best option was the PA. During shadowing I talked with a great charge nurse trainer who convinced me as a male to really look at the FNP. It sounded good but really had no desire to do the necessary RN. Well I scored excellent on my hesi entrance, 4.0 gpa, and decided to go ahead and apply at a well respected school where I could complete my bsn and eventually the msn for the FNP. (side note... Already have a bachelors and masters degree in other industry). Well I got in, but as the fall semester closes in, I am worried that a) I am in the bsn for the wrong reasons and b) is the FNP going to satisfy my desires.
Just asking the tough questions to make SURE I am making the right decision!
I like the idea of working with md's and am realistic in knowing where my limitations will be. I have no delusions about autonomy or anything that might construe passing myself off as something I am not (I.e an MD). The PA and Np shadowing i did support my decision. Would love to hear from np's that maybe did direct entry perhaps...be honest. Most nurses I have talked to simply get offended when I discuss this situation...but just being honest... Understand I am not nurse bashing . I totally respect what nurses do...I just never saw myself as an RN