I have been thinking about how I have wanted to be a doctor, but that I thought being a nurse would be better because of the fact that a) I know I would be great at it, b) it would be better for the family, and c) I would not be running around in circles tripping over my own shoe-laces AS MUCH as an MD.
Anyways, I have just now started thinking about going to school to get a Masters after my BSN (Boise State University offers an MSN program for current working RN's). I thought, "Hey! NP's do a LOT of the same things that doctors do..."
However, I want to be an OR Nurse, and - hopefully - a Charge Nurse somewhere down the road. Mostly, though, I think surgery is where my passion is (at least, unless something else grabs me later on down the road). And I do not think that PN's do any surgeries. They typically do all the clinical side of stuff that doctors do, like prescribing meds and care plans
, and what-not. Also, I obviously want to work in a hospital, which I also think NP's do not exist in much.
Also, there is the money, too. While this is NOT the forefront of my concerns, it is definitely an important issue to consider. We will be moving to the Portland area and my salary will be - and is currently - the sole income (until my wife can start up her Etsy shop). So, there is
that. And I do know that NP's make about $20,000 more per year.
Looking for a little guidance. Got any for me?