Quote from moniku
Hi everybody, i have a BS degree in biochemical pharmacology and thinking of a career change into nursing.. getting my RN degree first and then straight through to the NP program
I shadowed some NP's and liked what they do..
however, i wanted to ask you some questions:
1- is it very difficult to get a job as an NP / FNP right out of school.. do you have to work as an RN for a few years ???? before or not
2- I was hoping to get a job in a Dr's office as an FNP then after a few years get into teaching or administration.
3- I love what NP's do .. history taking, etc... everything teh Dr. does pretty much with little supervision from the Dr's .. but i honostly have to say .. i dont know how i would react to cleaning up vomit.. or urin, stool....i have never done that before... would I be doing these things as a NP.. or not
4 - are the hours flexible.. i was told they are.. my husband has a very hectic schedule with work and i need more flexible hours.. for when we decide to have a family
5- do the Dr's treat you as bad as the public thinks.. or are you respected by Dr.s as a peers.....,
6- how about patients do they value your openion.. or do they have the old school mentality that they want to see a Dr. ?
Please let me know .. teh answers to the above questions.. as soon as possible ... i only have a few days to make my decision...
any feedback would be appreciated.. especially if it's to the above questions..
thanks so much,
To answer some of your questions:
1. It depends on your location. There are many FNP jobs, however, most require experience. Most programs require at least 1yr of RN experience to get in.
3. You never know what situation you may end up in as a NURSE period. FNPs practice in a variety of settings. I have been in settings where the NP brings his/her own patients to the room and cleans the room up when the patient leaves. So you never know!
4. Alot of NPs do work a 9-5 per se. Again, it just depends on the practice setting. There are NPs who may work for a nursing home and work on weekends.
5/6. There are Docs out there who haven't necessarily come to terms yet with Nurses being Practitioners. Where I live, its a Physician Assistant dominated area. Nurse Practitioners are still working very hard to achieve and maintain the respect we deserve. Even patients have a hard time putting Nurses in the role of Practitioner. You may have several patients who adamantly refuse to see a NP. Education is the key! Again, it depends on where you are. There are some Docs who respect our practice.
I would definitely suggest working as a RN first! Make sure Nursing is for you.
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