I'm a DO student dating a RN who is looking into obtaining her DNP in the near future. Currently, she's interested in FNP due to the flexibility and her interests. We try to support each other as best we can, so she has asked me my thoughts on pros & cons of various programs. I feel woefully inadequate for this task just due to unfamiliarity with graduate nursing education and I hope some of you can help me out. So now to the questions...
1. I note the courses at several institutions cover stats, leadership, roll transition, and research but I don't see courses in anatomy, microbiology, immunology, or biochemistry. Are these integrated into other courses? Or is this varied enough that it would be on a school by school basis? I ask this specifically wondering if the undergraduate courses in these subjects are considered adequate for FNP practice or if they are covered at the advanced level. Keep in mind, I'm familiar with her undergrad courses, I took most of them.
2. Is there a general expectation of established clinical sites? To what level does this vary? I'm not finding much on school websites about clinical sites.
3. For those of you in practice, can you offer any resources that would benefit her in making the most of her education? Anything you wish you had done prior to enrollment?
4. Any pitfalls that might not be so obvious to a significant other? Any pitfalls you see that a medical student or resident might need to understand specifically?
I appreciate your time and forgive me if this is some beaten horse, I did try to some rudimentary searches on the site and did not see these questions addressed. Please, if I seem ignorant, just know I'm trying to understand to the best of my ability and support her in her career moves.