Dear Nurse Beth,
I am now half way through NP school. I am beginning to worry about pay and job prospects. I am currently a transport nurse and really like my job. I live in Illinois and last year made 115,000 dollars. I am concerned I won't make the same as a new NP and also will no longer get to take care of critically ill patients. Is there a way around this? If I don't practice as an NP immediately will it hurt my future job prospects? Thanks
Dear RN to NP,
As an RN, you are specialized and experienced as a transport nurse. You're earning top pay, as you should. When switching career paths, you start at the bottom of the pay scale again. It's because you are inexperienced at your new role.
As far as working with critically ill patients, NPs can practice in ICU and ED, but it depends on the track you chose.
It's true that the longer you wait to get started, the harder it can be to land an NP job. Some NPs continue to work shifts as an RN to supplement their income when they first start out.
To get to your end goal as an NP, you will have to take the leap.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!