Thinking of giving up FNP program - page 2

I just graduated with my BSN last december and took about a 2 month break then started FNP school online at south university while I'm travel nursing too at the same time. I'm extremely overwhelmed,... Read More

  1. by   Dodongo
    Why do you want to be an NP? Money? That's really not a good reason. That will always disappoint. Do you want to do the JOB of a NP? That's the real question. If you like being a RN, and don't have the drive to get through NP school, then what are you doing it for in the first place? Not having a break isn't a great reason either. The vast majority of MDs go to school, non stop, for many years more than NPs. You either want it or you don't. But don't make the mistake of thinking the grass is greener if you don't really have any good reason to do it.
  2. by   zoidberg
    Quote from danceluver
    How much do non-travel RNs make in the southeast? Can it be more than FNPs but with significant overtime, nights or weekends?
    RN in the southeast here. APPs in my system start in low 80's. If i worked a 12 hr day shift monday-thursday (48 hr/week) my pretax is mid 90's. I am thinking about being an RN (prior to some sort of aprn program) much longer than i had planned At that time, my
    loans will all be paid, and i will be able to work part time and actually concentrate on school. I don't want to do the whole work/parent/school, sleep deprivation thing.
  3. by   nopuma
    The Nurse Practitioners I work with do not take calls, work M-F, 8 am to 5 pm. Salary range: $130k - $156K/year and they are not salary which means they get paid for overtime. It also depends on the specialty; NPs in other departments work 12-14 hr days/ M-F.
  4. by   Cococure
    While that is possible depending on region that is not the norm and surely you will not see those salary ranges in Florida...more like CA. As others have said focus more than just the $$$
  5. by   GrenIedGal
    I vote take a break. School isn't going anywhere, you love your current job, and you can return when you're recharged and refreshed with a clear goal of WHY you want to get your MSN/NP. It sounds like you already know this in your heart, but wanted some reassurance. Now go to work, come home, go to the gym/beach/movies, travel, and give yourself a study break. Best of luck!
  6. by   traumaRUs
    Moved to student NP forum
  7. by   angel337
    I hear this consistently. Being treated like a professional goes a long way.
  8. by   adreamdeferred
    If you like what you are doing, there is no point in torturing yourself. We definitely need RN's who love what they do. As far as becoming a NP, you gotta pay the cost to be the "boss". Not everyone wants to be the "boss", and that's just fine.
  9. by   bryanleo9
    RN make around 110k here and NP 134K....not worth the debt, stress, and added liability.
  10. by   danceluver
    Quote from bryanleo9
    RN make around 110k here and NP 134K....not worth the debt, stress, and added liability.
    @bryanleo09 what part of the country are you located?
  11. by   bryanleo9
    California. This area seems oversaturated with NP so that does play a part.
  12. by   Dranger
    Quote from bryanleo9
    RN make around 110k here and NP 134K....not worth the debt, stress, and added liability.
    Honestly, for that low of a salary in Cali I rather have a job that is cookie cutter without much autonomy. Why have all the responsibility and scut work without decent pay? NPs wanting 100% autonomy for 135k a year (peanuts in urban parts of Cali)? Why?
  13. by   BostonFNP
    Quote from Dranger
    Honestly, for that low of a salary in Cali I rather have a job that is cookie cutter without much autonomy. Why have all the responsibility and scut work without decent pay? NPs wanting 100% autonomy for 135k a year (peanuts in urban parts of Cali)? Why?
    In my best Jeff Goldblum voice: "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."

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