Why you shouldn't become a nurse practitioner - page 6

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 practitioner degree, EVEN if... Read More

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    This is what happens when a group doesn't control it's numbers by making admission standards and program requirements so lax that anybody can do it and create a glut of practitioners. Tighten up admission qualifications, make the programs more rigorous (none of this looking for your own monitor in clinical settings, for instance) and the problem will go away. My personal experience is that even the CRNA programs are churning out people that are incompetent because they farm them out to numbers of hospitals where no one instructor is following any one student's progress. And now, even the CRNA journals have a minute number of job listings, the recruiters don't call anymore and salaries are leveling off or going down.
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    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.
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    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!!!
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    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.


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