Quote from Kgantt
It is driving me crazy because right now I am a health promotion manager for an insurance company. I have been out of direct care for about 4 years. I am wondering how this will affect my ability to be a good FNP..
I've been out of direct patient care for about a year. I definitely know where you're coming from with nervousness, but I also believe it is unfounded given that (as mentioned by BostonFNP) nurses with no prior direct patient care experience have the ability to become safe/competent nurse practitioners. Maybe some practicing NPs can chime in on whether recent direct patient care experience affects one's ability to perform competently as a nurse practitioner, but I am going to venture to say it probably does not. Forgive me if I sound crass, but I personally fail to see how IV/foley insertion, trach care, ng placement, wound care, nursing assessments, medication administration and oh yes, yes, yes...peri-care, are going to make or break me as a FNP. The bits and pieces of pathology that we pick up as a floor nurse, lab values, and possibly the typical treatment pathways used by providers seem like they can only get you so far. Furthermore, I do not recall writing SOAP notes, diagnosing, prescribing medications, or performing minor office procedures as a direct care RN. Until I meet a RN that does all of these at their medsurg unit at X hospital, I'm going to have to say that they probably have no real advantage over anyone.