I am currently a high school student and will be submitting my college applications somewhat soon. I am supposed to be compiling a list of colleges that I am interested in but I am really struggling to figure out my career direction, and therefore, cannot figure out which colleges to apply to.
Here's my situation:
Originally I thought I wanted to become an RN, but then thought that maybe I would want to become a PA. Now, I am back to thinking I want to become an RN or NP. After doing some research, I think I would prefer to apply to direct admit nursing programs (accepted into the nursing program from HS, complete degree in less time, and don't need to reapply to nursing school after undergrad). Does anyone have experience attending a direct admit program and have any pros/cons, or know of any great direct admit programs for nursing?
With that said, I am also considering becoming a nurse practitioner. Are there any programs where you can become an NP from high school, meaning you don't have to become an RN, then work as an RN, and then apply to a masters program? I found that University of San Francisco has a program where you work towards getting your BSN right after high school and then can apply to work towards your masters degree starting Junior year of college. Then, you graduate with both a BSN and NP degree.
Finally, are there any huge pros/cons to working as a Nurse Practitioner? Does anyone have experience working as a NP and can tell me what kind of things you do in a typical day?
Any advice, opinions, or information that you can give would be greatly appreciated! Sorry for all of the questions, but I am feeling pretty lost and overwhelmed!