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NP Dilemma

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by NPdilema NPdilema (New) New Nurse

NPdilema has 24 years experience and specializes in outpatient surgery, ICU,.

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I am seeking some advice.  I have been a nurse for 24 yrs. I went back and got my MSN and am now contemplating getting an NP certificate.  Am I too old?  I am so afraid of investing the time and money and not making my money back.  I have 9 years left before retiring.

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NPdilema

 

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Nurse SMS has 9 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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Impossible to answer. Where I live, FNPs are facing falling wages and job shortages due to the market being over saturated. You need to know if it’s like that where you live and whether you would consider ACNP, psych NP or other specialties more in demand.

You do not have to retire in 9 years if you are happy working. You can also work pro after retirement without it affecting your social security if you stay under a certain number of hours.

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Psych NPs are in great demand where I live also. Just an FYI, I live in an at-will state, and was let go from my position (10 years in the NP position) due to my age ("If you accept our severance offer, you cannot sue us for age discrimination.") Get an iron-clad contract! 

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ThePrincessBride has 5 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Med-Surg, NICU.

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If you are truly only nine years from retirement, then no. I wouldn't. It would take a minimum of two years just to get a license and perhaps another several months to get a job. Then you are down to 7 years. Not worth it.

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