I am currently in a Master's Entry Level Program in Nursing. I have a BS in another field and in June I will have my RN. I will start working on my Master's in Nursing starting in the Fall.
I am wondering-do you have to be a floor nurse before you can be a NP? I only ask b/c I have started looking into new grad training programs as floor nurses but most of my fellow classmates are not doing this. They want clinic work, dislike the role of the bedside nurse, and don't think it is necessary to be a floor nurse before becoming a NP. They feel that all the procedures we are learning (dealing with IVs, putting in NG tubes, suctioning, etc) won't help them as NPs.
I just want to do what is best for my career and wonder if a staff nurse in a clinic is better work experience than a floor nurse for those wanting to be Adult NPs.
Any input is greatly appreciated
Feb 4, '03
Good GRIEF ALMIGHTY why the HECK would you NOT want to have this VALUABLE experience? I sure would not want to see an NP who did NOT have it!! ARE there any who don't? I know of NONE myself.....Sorry but this is Terribly naive thinking, but then you can disagree, I suppose. But maybe it's ME who is naive....i dunno.......
*scratches her head in total, abject confusion* I am sorry if this is seen as flaming...not meant that way but I cannot believe anyone would really choose to go this route. Really.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Feb 4, '03
Feb 4, '03
Originally posted by sjoe
Postscript: If it is someone's goal to be a NP without doing nursing first, why not skip nursing altogether and just go for a PA?
Interesting point, sjoe. I was under the impression previously that PA's were "higher on the food chain," if you will, than NP's. In my state, PA's have to have all scripts cosigned, but NP's only have to have those for narcs co-signed.
Edited to add: so I guess, the difference is whether one is willing to be a "practitioner" or an "assistant" - almost seems to imply in the titles that there is a greater degree of autonomy in one. I personally wouldn't want the greater autonomy without the experience.
Last edit by Nurse Ratched on Feb 4, '03