Sorry about that, I actually didn't ask to be pm, that's just what happened. I wanted to see if anyone would even answer me first before listing all the questions like I had done before and got no response. So here is one of the poeple who pm me.
THANK YOU for answering me!!!!!
Ok here goes my questions,
1.) Why did you choose to be a NNP?
2.)what are the typical duties on normal day?
3.) How does it differ from being a RN in the unit?
4.)Are they well respected my the MD's?
5.)Did you work while in school and if so how was it?
6.)Can NNP only work in a NICU?
7.) What are hours like? I know a RN can have the option of three 12 hr shifts/ week and so forth, what about the NP?
8.) I have to ask it, what is the typical starting salary, I can't a straight answer anywhere.
9.)In graduate school do you have clinicals?
10.) What is the job demand?
11.)And anything else you wish you would have known in school or advice you have.
Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1. I've always wanted to work in the NICU; it was the only reason i became a nurse. So for me, in deciding to do an advanced degree it was the natural choice. I also always wanted to be an MD but never followed through. I eventually had a baby that was a preemie and respected what the NNP's did so much more than the neo's that I knew it was the right choice.
2.Typically if you're working day shift you round on your patients and go over plans for the day. You write orders, look at x-rays, attend deliveries, assess your patients, confer with the docs, help with emergent situations, put lines in, etc etc etc
3. You are making life and death decisions for these patients; just as the MD would. You also can perform more procedures than a regular RN. You write orders etc. your role is just that of an md; but ultimately the final decisions are the MD's but the responsibility is much more than a regular RN's.
4. Yes, but that also depends on where you work. Where I did my training the NNP's were very well respected. They were responsible for some of the teaching of the new residents. Docs there really valued the NNP's opinions.
5. Only did weekends. The learning curve was HUGE. Some of my classmates did more. But only weekends worked for me also because of my daughter. I did a program that was entirely online. So I would have had a lot more flexibility working but for my particular situation weekends was my best option.
6. Yes or a newborn nursery. If you think at a later date you'd be interested in more than nicu I'd do both the nnp and pnp programs.
7. Again varies. Some work 8-5. some work 7-7 it all depends. some do 24 hours shifts every now and then.
8. Varies from regions. As a new grad i've been offered as little as 28.00 per hour to 40 per hour (that was out west though where the cost of living is so much higher) It also depends on if you're working a private hospital or a public one. some private hospital salaries were as high as 120,000 (I was offered that in Texas) but I don't think that high of a salary is the norm. You can do nursing jobs (particularly with traveling) that make just as much as an NNP. In my opinion you have to do it for the love of the job and not the money.
9. Oh yes. There is alot to learn as an NNP.
10. NNP's are so valuable that there is a big demand for them much more so than say a PNP finding a job has not been a problem. As NICU units expand etc there is no way the md's can cover these huge units alone. Besides most nurses would prefer to have an NNP to go to anyway. leave the docs out of it
11. You'll have to work 2 years in a NICU before you can go to school. (a level 3) Learn as much as you can and don't be afraid to get in there and ask NNP's to show you how to read xrays or why they wanted to do what they did. Ask them about the jobs etc MOSt are eager to teach and Love thier job. I couldn't imagine doing any other job. I LOVE my babies.