Quote from GoBigRedhead
I am currently a senior in a BSN program and will be finishing in May. I have applied to a few Pediatric Nurse Practitioner programs (both Masters and DNP) and am in the process of discerning what path is right for me. I have been accepted into one excellent but expensive program, but am still keeping my options open. I would like to be an NP someday and plan on working as an RN during the 4+ years of graduate school. During nursing school I have really enjoyed the bedside care and spending time with my patients.
Any advice is welcomed, my main question for you all is which role (NP or RN) is more conducive to raising a family? I hope to be home with my kids as much as possible especially while they are young. Being a mom is my number one priority so if becoming an NP would jeopardize that, I will not do it. What are the hours like for both? If I was to be an NP, would the work come home with me?
I'm going to assume that you don't currently have children, and are therefore planning for future children as well... because me being in school all the time, per my kids, kind of sucks.
That said - as a mom, I expect my pediatrician (or PNP) to be in the office when my kid has the flu, and someone is going to be taking call after hours - possibly the NP... depends on the agreement, when he has an earache. As an RN, I work weekend 16s and I homeschool. I go to school part time, for my master's, and I've timed it so that my husband retires roughly at the same time I start the 9-5 schtick. I work with some nurses who work M-F 7 to 3, because their kids are in school, some do 11-7 because their baby is sleeping - there is a lot of flexibility. OF course, I know one NP who only works two days a week because her kids are little - she finished school and had the loans paid off before she had them, she could stay at home financially if she wanted to. Most of the docs and NPs that i work with though, work more than 40 hours a week and take the stress, if not the actual work home with them.
So my opinion depends on where you're at in the parenting cycle. Taking prenatals and scoping out OBs or preschools - I'd stick with nursing. Early 20s and not dating seriously, NP could be a good bet. Somewhere in the middle? Depends on what kind of support your future father can offer.