Quote from daholetruth
I am searching for the truth about being a Nurse Practioner. I was suckered into being an RN and spent the last 10 years trying to avoid bedpans, cleaning feces, vomit, and other human evacuations.
Can anyone advise me on any of these:
if NP's are being employed a lot?
are PA's more preferred?
is there collaboration between the MDs and the NPs?
are NP's intellectually valued?
what sort of opportunities are there for NP's outside the hospital?
what is the social climate like between RN's and NP's?
What is the social climate like between NP's and Dr's?
Do NP's find their education enough to diagnosis accurately?
As an NP, what do you find frustrating being an NP?
As an NP, what do you enjoy most about the field?
As an NP do you wish you had just gone to Med school or became a PA?
And last but not least as an NP were there any situations that required you to handle a bedpain, urinal, vomint basin etc..?
Please nurses, tell the whole truth as it is. You need not be politically correct or impartial because that is how i got into into this mess in the first place. I had teachers who were unopinionated and detached from reality.
Most of the answers are location dependent. My area has a demand for nurse practitioners and not PAs.
My state requires colloborative agreements.
Yes, the NP is intellecually prepared.
I am in a practice as FNP with 6 physicians. Many are in practice as PNP, NNP, ACNP...
Physicians in my area are receptive to the NP. The nurses, LPN, RN have no problem.
I learned after the NP program how to really hone my diagnostic skills. That takes experience.
I can not identify any frustrations at this time.
I enjoyo the complete autonomy that I have. I love ER call.
Never considered a PA. I did consider med school and was actually accepted. Changed my mind and decided this was the right decision for me. (I had been an NP for a while).
I have been vomited on too many times to count as an NP....