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Any FNPs practicing in NYC out there? Just wondering if you work at a hospital center or private office? How did you go about finding your job? Salary/years of experience? Do you live in the city?

Hoping to relocate to NYC as soon as I am done FNP school... just wondering where to begin...

Thanks!

bklynbaby

Specializes in GI/GU surg,Pacu, ct surg, home care, NH. Has 18 years experience.

Well I just started working at a hospital in nyc. In an inpatient acute care unit. I pretty much applied to different hospitals through their online application system.

The starting salary is $97,000 plus they pay bout $1,000 for each year of rn exp up to $7,500 max. Night diff is 5,800 and they pay $2,000 a yr for your certification. So with my 6 yrs exp its about 103,000 plus cert pay

What are the practice regulations for FNPs in NY? (for example, in Maryland, FNP are not allowed to work in monitored areas; we still have to have a collaborative agreement with a physician; but do have authority to write RXs and order tests, ect. ) I know this is a loaded question, but maybe just a quick overview? (the NY BON website does not have much information on advanced practice guidelines/scope of practice). Thanks!

oh, and Brklynbaby,

what are your hours? 3-12s? 4-10s? ect. Thank you so much for your time and info!!

bklynbaby

Specializes in GI/GU surg,Pacu, ct surg, home care, NH. Has 18 years experience.

In NYC we need a collaborative agreement also and we also have precriptive authority. There is no restriction as to where we can work. I know NPs that work in ICUs as well as PACUs and definitely working in stepdown units.

The hours are 13 shifts a month, with 3 weeks of 3 12s and 1 week of 4 12s.

Be sure to check out the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York's website (www.thenpa.org). They have great information for these types of questions and membership grants you a copy of the NP resource guide along with many other benefits.

Good luck!

Well I just started working at a hospital in nyc. In an inpatient acute care unit. I pretty much applied to different hospitals through their online application system.

The starting salary is $97,000 plus they pay bout $1,000 for each year of rn exp up to $7,500 max. Night diff is 5,800 and they pay $2,000 a yr for your certification. So with my 6 yrs exp its about 103,000 plus cert pay

If you don't mind me asking, which school did you graduated from? Did you have a difficult time getting a FNP job? I'm in the process of starting FNP school soon and I would love to hear the future prospect for FNP!

Thank you in advance for your help!

bklynbaby

Specializes in GI/GU surg,Pacu, ct surg, home care, NH. Has 18 years experience.

I graduated from Pace. I did have difficulty finding a job which I think was related to the economy. There were plenty of NP jobs however they wanted NPs with experience. Also at one point some hospitals had hiring freezes. Another thing is that some jobs that I interviewed for had low starting salaries that were lower or equivalent to what I was making as a RN. I also did not want to work in an ambulatory setting. If you are right now starting your program by the time you graduate you will be fine. There is deginitely a big market for NPs. It all depends on where you want to work and what type of salary you are looking to make.

Brklynbaby,

Have you ever considered returning for your DNP? I'm back and forth on whether or not to pursue one. If so, have you checked out any schools in NYC for the DNP?

-KJ

bklynbaby

Specializes in GI/GU surg,Pacu, ct surg, home care, NH. Has 18 years experience.

I have thought of it but right now I am really trying to determine how beneficial it would be for me. I dont necessarily feel that a DNP would help me be a better NP. Also once I get a DNP will my employer even recognize it and compensate me accordingly. Im sure I will still be taking care of the same patients that I was taking care of prior to the DNP. Will my patients have better outcomes because they have a DNP managing their care.

Right now its hard to see how beneficial this degree will be to NPs. If I do get a DNP it would probably be just to be able to say I did it.

I have looked into differnt schools like PACE and Columbia. PACE's DNP has courses in health care policy, informatics as well as evidence practice. Columbia has courses that are similar. And they both have a research based project.

Hi Bklynbaby. Was just wondering how you liked the FNP program at Pace?

I am in Pace's DNP program right now and it is really great. I would be happy to answer any specific questions about it.

Many NPs are questioning whether to return for this degree and reflect upon the reasons why she/he would. Now, a lot of people refer to the financial aspect (how much does it cost and how much more will I earn with it, etc). While that is probably on everyone's mind, that shouldn't be the main reason you return to school for the degree. Am I now caring for patient's better than I was before? Not necessarily, but my practice knowledge-base has expanded tremendously and that in turn will make me a better evidence-based clinician.

This is the future of our profession and in my opinion will give us an advantage within the health care system. As I said, I would be happy to answer any specifics :-)

bklynbaby

Specializes in GI/GU surg,Pacu, ct surg, home care, NH. Has 18 years experience.

Hi Bklynbaby. Was just wondering how you liked the FNP program at Pace?

It was pretty good. However since I graduated they changed it to an online program now. I am more into lectures where I can sit and ask the professor questions. So for me I would not want to do an online program. I have a friend who is currently enrolled in their NP program and likes it. I have another friend who was not into the whole online lecture so she decided to transfer to a traditional NP program with in class lectures. T

They also changed their clinical courses which makes it much easier. When I was enrolled we had to do 215 clinical hours per semester. It was very stresful working full time, and trying to get in 215 hours of clinical within a three month semester. They now changed it. They split the clinical hours up so that you can catch up on hours during the summer. So its up to you.

The curriculum is good. It definitely prepared me. Just decide whether you dont mind online classes.

It was pretty good. However since I graduated they changed it to an online program now. I am more into lectures where I can sit and ask the professor questions. So for me I would not want to do an online program. I have a friend who is currently enrolled in their NP program and likes it. I have another friend who was not into the whole online lecture so she decided to transfer to a traditional NP program with in class lectures. T

They also changed their clinical courses which makes it much easier. When I was enrolled we had to do 215 clinical hours per semester. It was very stresful working full time, and trying to get in 215 hours of clinical within a three month semester. They now changed it. They split the clinical hours up so that you can catch up on hours during the summer. So its up to you.

The curriculum is good. It definitely prepared me. Just decide whether you dont mind online classes.

Thank you so much for sharing your experience! I'm so glad you graduated from Pace b/c I applied to Pace for summer 2010's semester and expecting a decision soon. In the meantime, I work full-time and thinking of going to school part-time. Do you think it's doable if I take two classes / clinicals per semester (even summer)? Do you like being a NP more compare to being a bedside RN? Any advices / tips on surviving Pace FNP program?

Thank you once again for your feedback!

bklynbaby

Specializes in GI/GU surg,Pacu, ct surg, home care, NH. Has 18 years experience.

You can only do one clinical course at a time. But you can take two core courses at a time, but I wouldnt recommend more than that. I took 6 credits each semester. Also pharm and patho are both pretty intense, so I wouldnt recommend taking those two courses together. When I attended pace there was a summer clinical course however I dont think they have a clinical course in the summer anymore. But I think you can still do clinical hours during the summer in order to lighten your load during the regular semester.

Another thing please get all of your core courses out of the way before you take Advanced health asssessment and start doing clinical courses. Those clinical classes are six credits each and are hard enough without having another workload to deal with. For your elective I suggest Gross Anatomy, you go to SUNY Downstate and dissect a human body, very interesting. If thats not your thing then Complementary medicine is also pretty interesting.

In order to survive keep up on your reading. Do not fall behind. If the professor gives you a blueprint for the exam, study everything on the blueprint.

I just started working as a NP so I have no real opinion yet on whether I like it. Give me a few more months.

Hi, Bklynbaby

I just got accepted to Pace's FNP program for this summer and I want to take 2 core classes (NUR 621 & NUR 624) which are offer for 5 weeks only. In your honest opinion, do you think it doable while working full-time or it's too much for the summer's semester. Or I could just take Pathophysiology only. What do you think of my plan?

Thank you in advance for all your feedback and advices!

bklynbaby

Specializes in GI/GU surg,Pacu, ct surg, home care, NH. Has 18 years experience.

Hi, Bklynbaby

I just got accepted to Pace's FNP program for this summer and I want to take 2 core classes (NUR 621 & NUR 624) which are offer for 5 weeks only. In your honest opinion, do you think it doable while working full-time or it's too much for the summer's semester. Or I could just take Pathophysiology only. What do you think of my plan?

Thank you in advance for all your feedback and advices!

Those two courses involve papers and I think 621 (nurse concepts?) has a group project involved. It might be a bit much to do in a 5 week summer semester. But if you dont mind writing papers you could probably handle it. Those two core courses do not have any tests involved just papers and a project. Not too stressful but can be time consuming dealing with deadlines for papers/projects.

Pathophysiology is alot of information so I am not sure how much you would actually learn if its crammed into a five week session. Plus I am not sure how the exams go for a 5 week session, you may end up taking a test very other week.

I would say go for 621 & 624 if you are well organized. If not go for Patho but just make sure you stay on top of the reading material.

bklynbaby

Specializes in GI/GU surg,Pacu, ct surg, home care, NH. Has 18 years experience.

Hey Sammi,

One more thing do yo have a certain time frame that you want to finish the program? If so make sure you schedule your classes accordingly. Its about 6 core clasess, NUR 621, 624, patho, pharm, research and an elective. So make sure you can fit in all classes before you start 674 advanced health assessment.

You should look to see what courses are offered in the fall 2010. That way you can plan what you will take. Also take a look at courses that are this year spring 2010, chances are the same courses would be offered next year spring 2011.

Also is it possible to take two core courses but in different summer sessions so that you are not taking them at the same time?