I started NP school in the fall of 2020, but shortly after I began my program I started to doubt my career pursuits. I am so worried about 1) not finding a job in a saturated market, 2) being overwhelmed with the amount of responsibility, and 3) fear of imposter syndrome for years before I'm comfortable with the job. All of these things have me questioning my path, but at the same time I have NO idea what I would want to do otherwise. I have no interest in continuing as a bedside nurse until retirement, and I have always wanted to have the ability to diagnose, prescribe, and work with patients on a long-term basis.
NPs reading this - how much stress do you truly feel on a daily basis? Is it manageable? Do you ever regret your career choice? I understand stress is inevitable to some degree with any career, and especially when you are responsible for people's lives, but I am just trying to gauge (to some degree) stress level among NPs. Also, how many years did you work as a NP before you had a good grip on your knowledge in the field and felt confident in your diagnoses?
Thank you in advance for any advice or answers to these questions!