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by OnHisRoadMap OnHisRoadMap (New) New

Hello,

I am almost done with my AGNP/DNP program and come to realize that I do not want to be a PCP. I entered this program because it just seemed that it was the next best thing to do. Like how people get married just because they have dated for years. Also I was told that being an NP will open more doors than gaining a degree in administration/leadership. I have always been interested in administration, program development and policies. I did a lot of that during college; more than I studied actually. I have always been part of some club/society board since elementary school!!

If anyone can suggest some options that do not involve direct patient care. I am trying to figure out how to finesse my DNP degree.

I do not have a doctoral degree so cannot offer many suggestions but I imagine with a DNP, you can do a lot of non-clinical stuff. That's what the curriculum focuses on, non-clinical

thinbluelineRN, MSN, NP

Specializes in Corrections, Public Health, Occupational Medicine.

How about teaching?

I wish I could help you. I’m in the same boat! I've been an NP for 6 years. I’m so ready for something else. No direct patient care. However I don’t have a DNP. I really don’t want to go back to school to get another job when I’m perfectly capable of an administrative position without it. But not sure if the hiring officials will see it that way. 

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I am looking at teaching and management positions. The only thing I am a bit concerned about is the pay. I want to make at least 100K. I know at this point I will not be making as much as an NP but I am more concerned about my mental health. 

But would the better quality of life be worth the peace of mind? 

umbdude, MSN, NP

Specializes in Psych/Mental Health. Has 4 years experience.

20 hours ago, OnHisRoadMap said:

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I am looking at teaching and management positions. The only thing I am a bit concerned about is the pay. I want to make at least 100K. I know at this point I will not be making as much as an NP but I am more concerned about my mental health. 

These positions will likely require relevant experience. Did you work as a RN and/or as RN manager prior to NP school?

I think higher level RN managers can make over $100k, but I think teaching pays a lot less unless you're a full-time faculty at a well-regarded university. You'll probably have to settle for less pay initially.

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 44 years experience.

20 hours ago, OnHisRoadMap said:

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I am looking at teaching and management positions. The only thing I am a bit concerned about is the pay. I want to make at least 100K. I know at this point I will not be making as much as an NP but I am more concerned about my mental health. 

If you want >$100k forget teaching. PLUS most BON require MSN-level coursework in education/ pedagogy which typical NP programs do not contain. 

23 hours ago, Neuroscience_NP said:

But would the better quality of life be worth the peace of mind? 

Sorry but I am a bit confused by your statement. I understand that NP will provide me more money now but I know that I will be miserable. I liked my clinicals but could not wait to leave. The same thing happened when I was getting my associates. I enjoyed getting my BSN a lot more than my associates. Also, I enjoyed my DNP courses compared to my APN. 

My goal is to work smart and use the skills I have gained in the last few years. I have seen the NP at my job work hard hours. I refuse to do that. 

 

3 hours ago, umbdude said:

These positions will likely require relevant experience. Did you work as a RN and/or as RN manager prior to NP school?

I think higher level RN managers can make over $100k, but I think teaching pays a lot less unless you're a full-time faculty at a well-regarded university. You'll probably have to settle for less pay initially.

don't mind the low pay at first. I might do teaching on the side. I have worked as an RN but not has a nurse manager. I know I have the ability to do so because I have been requested to be a nurse manager and supervisor multiple times. I refused because I was afraid bc I did not trust my skills (at the time I was relatively a new nurse), I was trying to find a new job or I was in school. I wish now that I took the jobs but I am still young. I will soon by 29 years old. 

22 minutes ago, OnHisRoadMap said:

Sorry but I am a bit confused by your statement. I understand that NP will provide me more money now but I know that I will be miserable. I liked my clinicals but could not wait to leave. The same thing happened when I was getting my associates. I enjoyed getting my BSN a lot more than my associates. Also, I enjoyed my DNP courses compared to my APN. 

My goal is to work smart and use the skills I have gained in the last few years. I have seen the NP at my job work hard hours. I refuse to do that. 

 

I meant to say would the reduction of pay be worth peace of mind. 

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 44 years experience.

Can you maybe find a job coordinating a program that relates directly to your previous experience -- not be a manager/administrator of a department, but rather, the coordinator of a specific program or specialty service.   Such positions usually require an advanced knowledge of the patients needs related to the program, but don't provide Primary Care.

For example, I am thinking of the coordination of a specialty treatment program -- such as a transplant program or specialty surgery.   Would that be a fit for your experience and interests?

9 hours ago, umbdude said:

These positions will likely require relevant experience. Did you work as a RN and/or as RN manager prior to NP school?

I think higher level RN managers can make over $100k, but I think teaching pays a lot less unless you're a full-time faculty at a well-regarded university. You'll probably have to settle for less pay initially.

Our  nursing floor managers make around 120, 000  I have heard (quite a bit more than me). However, they on call 24/7. That is just not something I am on board with.  I don't work hard hours as an NP.  My job feels like a better QOL than the RN role