For those of you who are already NPs, has the time and money you spent worthwhile in terms of job satisfaction? Does the increased salary offset any loans you had to take out? I started a FNP program a few years ago and dropped out to start having children. I'm thinking of going back once my youngest starts preschool, but I have to know that it's going to be worthwhile financially. I work in infection control now, which I enjoy, but there's really not much room for advancement on my area.