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by AlexM96 AlexM96 (New) New Nurse

Specializes in Med Surg. Has 3 years experience.

Hello everyone, this is my first post on this site I apologize for any informalities. I am seeking advice regarding NP school. I currently work as a RN on a medsurg floor with >2 years experience. I have been looking into available programs but unfortunately most are online. Does anyone have any insight of some reputable NP schools that offer on campus classes? Has anyone had good experience with taking classes online for their NP? I am very skeptical. I have heard that NP school do not prepare students as well as PA schools.

Thank you all in advance!

DrCOVID, DNP

Specializes in psych/medical-surgical. Has 12 years experience.

Right so after accreditation, make sure you at least do a hybrid program and have some in person (covid/safe) contact. We really need to stop supporting online/distance only schools.

There are huge issues with clinicals at many schools. Online only schools/new programs require you to find your clinical placements, which can delay/cause you to be held back if you can't find a spot. 

Most FNP students seem to say they are not ready even after 3 years of full time schooling and clinic. As well, FNP seems to be saturated in many areas. Most students choose FNP...

Edited by adammRN

On 10/18/2020 at 3:13 PM, AlexM96 said:

I have heard that NP school do not prepare students as well as PA schools.

It might be wise to strongly consider PA school. That is not sarcasm.

AlexM96

Specializes in Med Surg. Has 3 years experience.

Thank you so much for your insights. I have a few schools in mind that are in person (at least pre covid). I will probably look into it more. I was looking more into acute care track. Adam, upon graduating did you feel like your NP Program prepared you adequately? 

DrCOVID, DNP

Specializes in psych/medical-surgical. Has 12 years experience.

I feel like I am prepared as I could be. I did a 3 year full time DNP and specialized in psychiatry. One of the biggest reasons I chose mental health is because I wanted more focus. I found out great mentors - my future office partner has 10 years of experience and my collaborating was a pharmacology professor. 

I think the biggest thing is to keep learning. Most providers will get set in their ways. Practice will always change and everyone is different and that is especially clear from what I have seen in mental health at least. I am a little anxious about starting on my own, but I believe everyone will feel that way, no matter if you did MD or NP.

Edited by adammRN

AlexM96

Specializes in Med Surg. Has 3 years experience.

Thank you for insights. I think you chose an awesome path as an NP. I’m sure everything will fall into place! Good luck! 

ProspectiveNP1

Specializes in Mother Baby. Has 11 years experience.

On 10/18/2020 at 2:13 PM, AlexM96 said:

Hello everyone, this is my first post on this site I apologize for any informalities. I am seeking advice regarding NP school. I currently work as a RN on a medsurg floor with >2 years experience. I have been looking into available programs but unfortunately most are online. Does anyone have any insight of some reputable NP schools that offer on campus classes? Has anyone had good experience with taking classes online for their NP? I am very skeptical. I have heard that NP school do not prepare students as well as PA schools.

Thank you all in advance!

Hello

I am looking in FNP programs 

what school are you in?