As a NP do you miss bedside care? - page 2

Hello Everyone, I have two questions for anyone who would like to answer: (1) If you were a bedside nurse who loved bedside care before you became a nurse practitioner, how much do you miss... Read More

  1. by   CrazyPremed
    I work in an ER in Phoenix, AZ and I know of at least two NP's working as RN's. One does PRN work as an NP, and the other doesn't work as an NP at all. When I worked in another state, the hospital employed bedside RN's who were trained and had NP licensure.

    I don't see it as a problem. I think that it only is a problem when one goes to NP school and is dissappointed with the role due to lack of researching it. I've heard that many didn't like to work in a clinic (so they remained as RN's), or they didn't like the role that an NP played in the ER (they wanted to stay in the trauma realm, and many of our NP's see minor cases - sutures, pharm refills, etc.)

    Good luck with your decision!!

  2. by   traumaRUs
    CrazyPremed - I agree with you. My background is 10 years in a level one trauma center where I was the expert - I precepted, was charge nurse, on many committees. Now...I'm back at the novice stage (and at 47, that ain't easy - lol). I too would love to be in the ER. However, in my areas mid-level providers aren't in the ERs. I still think that eventually I will like my new job. However, it is much different than the ER.

    It is sometimes hard to get out of our comfort zone.