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Why you shouldn't become a nurse practitioner - page 5

Why you shouldn't become a nurse practitioner. There are many reasons why people should not become nurse practitioners. I will outline a short article stating why YOU should NOT pursue a nurse... Read More

  1. Visit  Sachy profile page
    #52 2
    Quote from Aniva
    Hm.. interesting... my experience through the NP education and becoming an NP has been wonderful. Brutal program though. In retrospect, I would have made the same decision. Wasn't happy as an RN and very happy as NP. And pay was MUCH higher... Everyone just has to make the decision to do what's best for them and do what makes them happy, regardless of title.
    Thanks Aniva! Love hearing positive story. Yeay!!!
  2. Visit  abcarter profile page
    #53 2
    I think this is a good thread discussing what to think about when becoming a nurse practitioner. I agree with some of the points discussed. I live in California and have been working as a RN for over 18 years. I definitely took a pay cut, starting as an NP. However, I was working a lot more hours. You have to become an NP because you want to provide that level of care to your patient and be able to teach them and provide support like an RN as well. The NP role is not clearly understood, but you will be called a "Doctor" just as often as you will be called a "Nurse", lol. Overall, I'm happy with my decision to obtain my MSN and become an NP because i love nursing.
  3. Visit  synaptic profile page
    #54 5
    This is a great post. It is very true that many nurses should not become NPs. A lot of people seem to think that it is just a cushier job with more pay and better hours. Sorry this is not the case. I work much harder as an NP. And guess what else? it takes much much much more brain power, self study time, dedication, CME, and concentration to do our job. I don't say this in an elitist way, but being a nurse was pretty simple, mentally anyway. You follow orders. You are calling the shots now and most nurses are not ready for that. How do I know this? because I've worked with hundreds of nurses. Of course it isn't a totally accurate rep of all nurses, but most are not cut out for it. The knowledge, skill, and concentration gap is very wide between being an RN and an NP. I also believe that most of the NP graduates on this forum who complain about not finding a job are unable to find one due to a lack of skill. If you show you know what you are doing you will be hired. Nut many of the graduates that come from these silly online for profit programs are not prepared to call the shots for anything.

    Just my two cents though, take it for what it is worth, but if you don't expect to have to put in dedication, you will NOT succeed.
  4. Visit  Msmedic68w profile page
    #55 2
    Thanks OP, there's a lot of literature saying why you SHOULD be a NP, but not why you shouldn't. It will help people make an informed decision.
  5. Visit  APP Director profile page
    #56 1
    As long as the hospitals and academic medical centers have standards of education for their NP hires, it will be difficult for those that went to quick online programs to get hired. As an APP director in a major healthcare system, we have put hiring standards in place to address just what you are talking about.
  6. Visit  nyc2011 profile page
    #57 1
    Sorryiamanaprn, wow $50,000? what state do you work in
  7. Visit  sarolarn2b profile page
    #58 1
    Great post, thank you for sharing this. I'm currently in school for my ADN and have always seen myself going the more diagnostic route to advanced practice. Food for thought!

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  8. Visit  CocoaLoverFNP profile page
    #59 2
    Quote from BostonFNP
    If you work in a pain clinic you earn every bit of that money. Tough job.
    After following a pain clinic NP for only 3 days, i gained a different level of respect for them.... 5 to 10 mins per pt? And all the stress that comes with pain management? Plus psych issues that goes along with some of the visits? For $80 per hour? No, thank you ;-)
  9. Visit  subee profile page
    #60 1
    Yes, these people have such huge needs. Pain clinics aren't the answer. Very frustrating business to be in.
  10. Visit  Sgraceo1 profile page
    #61 5
    Interesting article, but I cannot say I agree.

    1. As a nurse practitioner I went from working as a staff nurse for barely 30/hr night shift to $49/hr day shift $56.50 night shift as an ARNP. The group pays my cellphone bill, bought my scrubs and lab coat and I have a pto bank of 270 hrs to use for vacation. My raise in pay more than makes up for my student loans. Travel nurse and per diem pay does it reflect average pay of an RN with five years experience.
    Another perk is that I now get all free meals at the hospital as a member of medical staff... Can't complain.
    2. As an Np I am using mind over body and my back thanks me for it. I will have the ability to work much longer than as a bedside nurse.
    3. Are you sure this is not a CNA--as in certified nurse administrator...they already have a masters, so no GRE makes sense.

    just a different opinion. I love my career and would definitely do it all the same again if I could. If a nurse out there wants to have an awesome advancement in career, do it!!!
  11. Visit  Psych77 profile page
    #62 0
    The example of RN pay being higher was also travel nursing, which means you have to drive an hour to work to get that pay, and likely its a contract. Not ideal working hours for most.
  12. Visit  synaptic profile page
    #63 3
    ah well whats it matter now. Everybody and their mom is going back to nurse practitioner school. Its so easy a caveman (or nurse) can do it.

    We will probably all make like 10 bucks an hour 5 years from now seeing 500 patients per day.
  13. Visit  Purple Butterfly profile page
    #64 0
    I enjoyed reading the original post and outline. I also enjoyed reading the opposing views and other information. All of which, shined light on debt versus reward, realities of the job, and other things. Sometimes, you don't know what you don't know.