Hello everyone! I think I have finally decided on what to do, but i just need a few swift kicks in the butt to push me into the decision-making phase of my life. Quick background: 28/m, married, graduate in May with ADN, > 5 years of hands-on customer service/business/management experience, and over 50 credits on my ticket in a business management program, no degree. CNA in LTC for 2 years, and over 1 year in critical care environment. I am considering this: Graduate, work as GN in critical care, take boards, pass boards, work as RN for about 2-4 years as I work on RN-to-MSN degree as FNP. I have been surveying people at work and school, and I'm getting mixed responses about becoming a nurse practitioner. One RN said that I would never get accepted into an NP program without at least 3 years of experience "in the trenches"-- One said that NP's in Pennsylvania cannot write scripts (which as far as I have read, is simply not true. ??) , one said that basicly, unless you are a hot little female, doc's don't want to hire you or give you any authority... One said that if it's my dream, then go for it.
This is the jist: I want to know that if I spend the time, money, and effort, that I will be enjoying a career that is productive, full of autonomy, and has the potential to be lucrative. I want to incorporate my business/customer service/marketing skills with my newly acquired nursing skills, and soon to be acquired np skills, hopefully. NP's and future NP's, please give me your advise! I am not going to PA school, that decision I have made. NP or bust!
These are the questions i have: Average Salary, typical working conditions, retirement, respect, responsiblity, and job satisfaction. Compare yourself to a staff nurse, compare yourself to a factory worker, compare yourself to a PA, compare yourself to a banker. And when you are done, compare yourself to President Bush, if you have the desire and time! Thanks!