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  1. Mrskeene3

    United States university FNP

    Has anyone done this program? I'm looking into it and it seems great but there are hardly any updates reviews. Thanks!
  2. ladyjustice27

    Johns Hopkins DNP FNP Fall 2021

    Hi everyone! I have not seen a thread about Johns Hopkins' Fall 2021 DNP-FNP application cycle. Has anyone who applied early decision heard anything yet? I'm wondering if COVID has delayed their processing at all. Any insights would be great!
  3. I started generally studying for the exam in April, but didn't buckle down and get serious until May. So overall, about 2 to 2 1/2 months of study time. I didn't feel confident because in school I really didn't focus on studying too much (was juggling school, plus working full time and 16-hr clinicals per week, so I really was just trying to make it through the program and pass). I Started with the Leik FNP Book I read through the entire book. Completed the questions. I Purchased the book from amazon and was able to access the book and questions online through the app as well. Read the book again (this time just mainly focusing on areas I wasn't comfortable in) and went through the questions a second time (focusing on the questions I tested wrong on). Next, I also Decided to Do the Hollier FHEA Review I paid for the audio course, in which I listened to lectures and at the end, completed their questions. I also separately paid for two predictor exams from them in which I scored 70% the first time (took that two weeks before the exam), and 78% the second time (took that a week before the exam). Board Vitals Questions I did also purchase some board vitals questions for a month's access in the last month of studying. These were pretty good also but definitely not needed to pass the exam; very wide plethora of questions, however, some of the questions were just too much in detail. Nevertheless, if you just want more practice questions it is not a bad resource. I did this in my spare time when reading became too much. FACT: Both LEIK and HOLLIER resources were excellent. Leik Pros: I would say that Leik's Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Intensive Review had the most bang for the buck. All of the knowledge and information you need and then some. They covered almost everything you can potentially see on the exam. I loved the fact that I could do it on my phone on the go or at home. Also had great study questions I definitely don't think I would've been able to pass the test without this resource. Cons: There were a few discrepancies in the text. However, not enough for me to vote this resource out of the game. Hollier Pros: Hollier's review was also excellent but in a different way. I truly feel that I LEARNED with this resource and understood the why behind the things that were important. ( I do believe that when you understand why things are the way that they are, it is much easier to memorize it for the test) This helped to reinforce the things I had already brushed over from Leik. I have to say I learned more from her than possibly my schooling. Amelie was very entertaining which made it that much easier to listen to the lectures. She told you the things to focus on that she knew for sure would be on the exam. She also told you things that she had a strong feeling wouldn't be on the exam based on her experience (which was helpful, since our brains can only know so much information). Cons: I think this is a great ADDITIONAL review. However, I don't think the audio course alone would be sufficient in passing the test. The topics that they covered (the most important stuff) was GREAT. Her way of memorizing heart murmurs was super easy to understand. But there were many other topics that were not covered. Also, at the end of each audio lecture, they say to focus on these topics to be successful in this area but however, some of those topics weren't covered in the lecture so you do need another study tool. In Conclusion Overall, if you have some cash to spend and want to ensure passing and feeling prepared: Do both the Leik book and Hollier Review + Predictor Exams. YOU will definitely be successful in passing. (Around $400 total) If you are low on cash, do just the Leik book and know the book inside and out and ALSO buy the Hollier Predictor Exams ($50 for two exams). Total Cost: $110 FNP Exam Wasn't bad. Took my exam at noon (don't do an 8 am exam trust me, not a good idea LOL) First 20 questions scared the crap out of me. ( I felt like what are they asking me?? I don't know any of this, oh no! ). If this happens, Just REMAIN CALM and if you don't know the answer make an educated guess, flag it for later, and move on. I revisited many of those questions later on and the answers became very clear to me (which just means it was my anxiety trying to fool me and that I did know the information). IF you truly have no idea the answer, make an educated guess. Odds are you are right. Don't change your answer unless you are sure. Out of 175 questions I "flagged" about 30 that I wasn't all too sure about. These were my tips, Feel free to ask me any questions 🙂
  4. leonard_huh

    samuel merritt fnp online 2017

    just got informed that I was accepted into the program, would like to know who else is accepted into this term. Also who ever has attended this program, what are your thoughts on the way it is structured and if it a good school, that prepares you to be a successful advanced practice nurse.
  5. tommac

    APRN Education

    Nursing student here and I have a question. Why does nurse practitioner education require specialization, for example FNP vs pmhnp, when PAs have a general education and can work within any specialty? When moving NP education to the doctorate level wouldn't it have been beneficial to encompass all major areas of practice so NPs could better compete with PAs? Thank you for the responses, Tommac
  6. NuggetsHuman

    MSW to PMHNP/FNP (dangerous ideas!)

    Egad! I think after four or five years of stewing on this, I have decided to start down the path of nursing education, leading toward a PMHNP (family). I have a BA in psych, an MS in social justice studies, and an MSW in direct human service work. My prior work history includes running a DV shelter, working in boys' residential treatment and therapeutic foster care, ER social work (which I loved, loved, loved!), and now providing youth and family mental health crisis response. I see really clearly how having additional training on psychopharm and prescriptive authority would be really helpful. Plus, child and adolescent mental health has rather picked me as a specialty. I never intended to be "that annoying lady who tells you how to parent your kid but doesn't have any of her own." In addition, I FINALLY completed my WFR (wilderness first responder) 10 day training. It's been on my to-do list since 2004. It was some of the best training I've ever had in ANYthing. It helped me to realize exactly how excited I get learning medical stuff. Given my interest in emergency medicine, I wonder if I wouldn't be better off doing an FNP (focusing on acute care), or stopping after by RN to get some ER nursing experience. I took one biology and one Chemistry class when I was an undergrad music major 20 years ago (EGAD INDEED!) now. So I will obviously have my hands full with prerequisites for a while. I've decided to start with the nutrition class to see how it goes. So I'm looking at at least 6 prerequisite courses-- 2 Chemistry, Microbiology, 2 anatomy and physiology, plus the nutrition. I have the statistics and developmental psych, as long as they aren't required to be in the last 10 years. Then *hopefully* an accelerated BSN program, and then into a DNP program for three years. I am working full time in the crisis response program, and it doesn't leave me with lot of extra energy for volunteering because of the level of self-care required to do my job well. Do you think this will count as "hands-on" health care experience because I'm in and out of emergency rooms and IPU (inpatient psych units) all day long? I want to make my application really competitive, and assume I will probably get mostly As with maybe a B for my science classes. Any words of advice or encouragement as I start exploring down this path? Oh, also, editing to add that I am *really* committed to working with under-served populations. Anyone have experience with loan forgiveness programs for PMHNP work?
  7. windy8

    Stony Brook FNP Summer 2021

    Hi Everyone Has anyone apply for the FNP program Stony Brook? Is anyone get interview?
  8. Eh.walker

    Herzing FNP Program

    Hello all, I am interested in online FNP programs. I have looked at many schools and one being Herzing University for the FNP program. I talked with the advisor and the program is accredited and strictly online. Have any of you attended the school? Is it a good school? Are any of you joining the January 2018 cohort? Any input is much appreciated! Thank you.
  9. Juliet BSN RN

    Best nursing background for FNP?

    I graduated May 2020 with my BSN. I was briefly in labor and delivery (May 2020- august) but that didn’t work out (long story). I desperately needed a job, so I applied any and everywhere; jail system , an ambulatory surgery clinic, and a dialysis clinic all called me back first. I took the ambulatory surgery job. I have amazing hours, but my duties are very administrative (order supplies, stock, etc). Other than that, I start IVs (like at least 10 each day), pre/post op vitals/monitoring, give IV very few drugs/antibiotics , lots of patient education. I’m rarely in the OR, I’ll sometimes help pass materials and open things sterilely but that’s it. I really enjoy being outpatient, but I will go to a hospital if I absolutely won’t have a strong FNP base without it. I was thinking to stay with my current job (the Hours are great and I’d have lots of time to study and do clinicals), or I could do home health/jail nursing if that would introduce me to more. Or I could go inpatient. I like ER, OB, etc. and I do have a total of 6 months with labor and delivery technically (I did an externship in 2019). Any advice, FNPs? I want start school this fall, or next Winter.
  10. hcurry9

    High Demand or Oversaturated?

    I have been seriously thinking about going to NP school and doing either FNP or ACNP or possibly doing a program that would offer both. While researching I feel like I hear such mixed things about becoming an NP. Some say the field is oversaturated and its very difficult to find a job, others say that the field is still growing and that there will continue to be a need and that jobs will continue to open up. Anyone else facing this? Has anyone struggled finding a job after finishing school? Thanks.
  11. clam151543

    ANCC FNP Board Exam

    I passed my board exam yesterday. Prior to taking the exam, I searched this board for advice/tips and thought it was very helpful. I am posting now to pay it forward. This is what I did to prepare (2 weeks: around 4 hours a day): 1. I took a DRT exam from Barkley to see how much I remembered (took the boards 7 months after I graduated) and what I need to focus on. Tip: take the test as soon as you can after you graduate. It's hard to get back into studying mode if you wait too long and you would've forgotten much of what you learned in school. If you get a 70 or above, you will very likely pass the boards. 2. Read the ANCC FNP exam outline. 3. Listened to all of the online FNP lectures from Barkley. (Very useful but very time consuming) I took notes so I can I quickly look it over before the exam. 4. Read the Leik book: read the tips. If you have time, do the questions in the back and read the rationales. I didn't. Download the app: read and do questions. 5. Google pictures of different skin conditions. There were a few pictorial questions for you to pick a skin condition. 6. Took another DRT exam from Barkley. Read the rationales at the end. 7. Had coffee, ate breakfast and went to the exam center. Go at least 30 minutes before the exam. Make sure you use the restroom right before you start your exam. There are no breaks once you start. You will lose exam time if you need to use the bathroom after. You got this! Study hard and get it. Good luck!
  12. Nursetanny

    SUNY Downstate FNP Fall of 2020

    Hey, I applied to SUNY Downstate FNP program for fall of 2020. I’m a little nervous. Has anyone heard back yet?
  13. FNP-SA

    AANP FNP (Failed -> Passed!)

    On Friday 9/8, I took the FNP AANP exam for the first time. Unfortunately, I received the Preliminary "Not Passed," notification. I Didn't know how to feel. I felt I was ready and was already burnt out from studying, and could not believe all the time committed did not payoff. Even worse, I did NOT feel the exam was that difficult and not 1 questions really stumped me or made me feel like I didn't have at least a general idea.... Yet, to my surprise, I failed. I was basically in shock and did not know what else to do, as I felt my studying was sufficient and I felt comfortable with the material. I even slightly had a peace of mind when I walked out of the exam thinking "that was slightly difficult, but I'm pretty sure I passed." - Nope. What I did next, set me up for success... Immediately when I got home, although saddened, I started highlighting out the questions and/or info I remembered and looking up answers to make sure I didn't miss them. I compared questions with a friend who also took the exam the same day, and I couldn't believe it considering all the "hard" questions, I got right, yet still failed. I trolled these boards numerous days, along with google to find out 1) if anyone recently was/has been in my situation, what they did next 2) if anyone has ever had their preliminary score changed to passing = which is a no btw, maybe like 1/99999999999 chance 3) any advice I could think of regarding how to pick myself back up and do differently... Honestly, it was emotionally difficult, but I refused to be put down too long. Literally, Exact same day, I finally told myself, yes I failed, but it happened for a reason, maybe so I could review even longer and become a better NP in the long run? or it just wasn't my time. It's not the end of the world, I can and I will overcome this. I basically turned my sadness into even MORE motivation. I gave myself 5 hours to beat myself up, embrace the results, and immediately got back on it...So if you are reading this and in the same similar situation I was in...Stop your negativity mindset now, tell yourself it is what it is, and Do what I did next.... In order to retake the exam, I needed to complete 15 CEU Hours and reapply. I didn't wait for the AANP to mail me my results and I am glad I didn't, considering it does not even break down in detail the test composition percentage, only mentions ... "The following information lists the strengths to weaknesses in descending order - Diagnoses, Assessment, Plan, Evaluation." ... I googled, AANP CEU's, was taken to their website https://www.aanp.org/education/ce-opportunities here, I had to register/become a member (if you are already a member, great), forgot how much was membership but not too bad, but this opened up the door for free CEU's. Then I just started completing random ones. Mine were all online videos that I pretty much pressed play, let it run for the 1-3 hours, and came back to save my certificate. There is a post quiz after each video but you have unlimited chances (I am not recommending/advising you to do this, maybe you will learn something in the video?) I completed the ones that provided the most CEU's in 1 online video and I will post them below. Concurrently, I entered in the CEU hours on the aanpcert.org website to save time. Note, Save the certificate pdf to your desktop as you will have to upload the document when reapplying for examination. You don't have to go through the tedious steps when reapplying, it is only uploading the CEU certificates and a copy of your present RN license you originally sent... Timeline of CEU'sFriday 9/8 - I failed. Saturday 9/9 - Treatment of Heart failure, Acute Rashes in Urgent Care, Polypharmacy, Pharmacology 101. Sunday 9/10 - Bugs and Drugs Antibiotic Overview, Opioid Prescribing, Obesity Treatment, 2017 Update for Dx and Mgmt of HTN. Monday 9/11 - Resent the retake application to AANP via their website, concurrently emailing them notifying I did so. Tuesday 9/12 - AANP Approval and PSI notification to reschedule exam date..! (That fast) I was up and down about whether I wanted to retest that same week, but also was nervous about it being my last attempt, so I decided to schedule it 1 1/2 weeks later on 9/20. Realistically, if I took the exam the next day/same week with the same amount of information I knew back then, I probably would have passed... it wasn't an issue of lack of studying/information, but moreso overcoming the nerves, and more importantly applying strategy I practiced. My errors on my first attempt:1) I was sooo nervous/anxious on every question, I "did" look at how much time was left, (I quote "did" because I would look at it but never really pay close attention to how much time left compared to questions still unanswered) but I didn't use it to my strategy. I knew the general rule about answering and marking the question if questionable, and theoretically should be answering 1 question per minute, which if performed appropriately would leave me 30 minutes to review. Yet, despite knowing that strategy, I ended up with no time at all to review my answers. I completed all 150 questions, but literally had 1 min left for 1 last question. 2) I focused too much on memory dumping everything I could on my scratch sheet prior to beginning the exam, thinking if its on the paper, all i have to do when a question comes up (such as dermatology/viral exanthems/JNC 8, statin benefit group, DM) is look at my scratch paper and I knew what "med" to start or what diagnoses the question referred to based upon characteristics... It felt like it was quick, but when I add it up, this wasted SOOO much of my time because when a question did come up, I would compare and contrast why one is the correct answer versus why the others are not,even though I knew the answer/diagnoses,etc... yet I wanted that secondary confirmation because it was on my scratch paper... 3) I was so tense in my neck/back. All the studying, anxiety and lack of rest leading up to test day created so much tension, I found myself changing positions frequently, which probably altered my 100% attention on the exam, misreading easy questions, and not applying test strategies for every question. Those were just a few big ones. What I did differently today and my game plan.1) Mental/Physical preparation: Up until the day before yesterday, yes I did study, but it did feel like I had already known the information. BUT what I did differently, yesterday the day before the exam, I decided to take a break and enjoy the day. I looked over notes 1 last time last night. Today, I woke up early, ate a good breakfast, went to the gym for a small walk/run to ease my mind/nerves. I went home, studied for 1 hour. Had a pre-set massage appointment at 1030AM-1130AM to relieve all potential muscle tension and again, calm my nerves. Closed my eyes and told myself I got this...Took my exam at 1PM-4PM. Passed. 2) Test Strategy: I knew I had to use time more efficiently. Even prior to the first exam, I was great at test taking strategies and knew the information well enough to answer any question in 30 seconds or less (on practice exams), but didn't perform on the actual test day. So I needed to keep that mindset of confidence. My goal was to read the question at a pace not too fast to misread, but not too slow, and keep it at a pace I have practiced up til now. I'd kinda sorta think of the answer beforehand, look at all the answer choices, pick the one I thought was my first gut instinct with reasonable rationale, but before hand, would take a quick second to make sure I had a rationale also as to why each other answer choices were wrong, and more importantly LOOK FOR PATTERNS!... For example, Which of the following would more likely lead to tachycardia? A) HTN, Anemia, Pericarditis. B) Hypotension, Anemia, Fever. C)Hypothyroidism, Anemia, Hypotension, D) Pericarditis, HTN, Fever..... In this case this is how my mind worked... "Yes anemia and Hypotension cause tachycardia, so I need to pick a choice with at least those two... eliminate A and D. I see hypothyroidism, nope eliminate C. My leftover answer was B. 3) Test strategy: I did mark questions I felt I needed to review, but I did NOT want to overmark any questions like I did on the first exam. My goal was if I could rationally break down a question literally to a 90-100% chance, I would pick and move on and not mark. But if I really did see a 50/50%, 60/40%, chance, or wanted to review it later because although I had a choice, I was questionable. I ended up marking 30 by the time I was done with all 150 questions (still overmarked but better this time). But in reality, it was probably only 10ish I truly needed to review while the other 20, I looked back and said yes... that's right, why did I mark it. 4) Test strategy: I mentally and physically practiced my test-pace and performed on exam day, finishing the exam in 2 hours. I took a quick 5 min break, then came back to review the marked questions. Even then when reviewing those marked questions, I again prioritize my time and I gave myself 30 minutes to review the marked questions, and the remaining 30 minutes to review the entire test just clicking to make sure I was pleased with my answer choice. 5) Test Strategy: Scratch paper - this time I was not going to info dump and fill up paper before starting as I mentally convinced myself I know it with confidence, I only really wrote down specific dermatology characteristics/viral exanthems (not all), Heart locations/sounds like APEA MR. PM. AS MVP/ARMS. CN 1-12, as well as Hepatitis B antigen,antibody Core/Surface results so I didn't spend a second trying to interpret. For these type of questions, its best to look at answer choices first because they will give you random non-related information like Hep A stuff, Hep C stuff, that isn't even in the answer choice, so don't spend your time trying to interpret those that when you finally do... you find out it's not even a choice. 6) Test Preparation: In summary, I used the following: APEA Amelie Hollier review course (although I do find it great/simplistic, I believe it prepares you just enough to pass, thus if you don't know every little detail down, bad news)...Leik's FNP Intensive Review (rented on amazon - this was great! You can look at reviews, etc. about people saying it is not up to date, or has misleading information, but it goes over more in detail topics barely/rarely mentioned in APEA that DO show up on the exam, thus use it as a guide to make sure if the information is mentioned in the book, better go online to look it up more... The fast facts are amazing and question dissection.APEA Qbank - I thought this was great as it has millions of questionsLastly for my on the go, FNP Mastery.....I also rented Fitzgerald because I felt I needed ALL materials I could get my hands on, but in reality I barely used it, not because it wasn't good, but because I had too much overall. I would recommend actually just MASTERING only 2, I recommend APEA/Leik's book (Paying special attention to the Geriatrics/Pediatrics portion... again geriatrics portion...)... I do have even BETTER in depth topic strategies/tips/Recommendations for studying, but I feel its best you message me. That's my story. I know it was long, but I know I'm not the first/last to experience failure to success, thus whoever came to this for guidance, hope it helps. Keep your head up, you got this, Good luck.
  14. purpletzz

    Regis College Online FNP

    Hi everyone. I got accepted into Regis College's online FNP for Summer 2017. Will start May 1st! Anybody who has attended Regis on campus or is currently attending their online NP? I know this is probably their second year to offer the online however I want to know how were your experience with them. Thanks!
  15. Hello fellow applicants, alumni, and SMU associates, Can anyone provide insight into the application timeline for SMU's ELMSN-FNP program intended to start Fall 2020 (Oakland cohort)? The deadline to submit applications through NursingCAS was December 1, 2019. -When should we expect correspondence to interview or for denial? -Are interviews 1:1 or mixed, or both? -When do final acceptances usually go out? Thank you all.
  16. I know what you might think, why did I start FNP if I don't like contact with patients. The thing is, I didn't feel this way before I started the program. I've been an RN for 3 years, I started FNP because I wanted to get out of bedside. Demanding and understaffed work environment was getting the best of my mental and physical health. I thought it would be different in outpatient setting, since I'd be getting more respect and independence. I did a thorough research about what I'd be doing as an FNP before starting the program, and it seemed really nice, way better than bedside. However, I didn't really know what primary care really was before I started my clinicals. And now I have 4 months before graduating, and I'm realizing that's not really what I want to do. I just can't deal with people. I can't stand when they think that there's a magic pill to fix everything when they don't bother changing their eating habits or adding exercise regimen. Or when they come into the office not knowing what medical conditions they have or what medications they take. It may not be a big deal to many healthcare professionals, but I just cant imagine dealing with this for the rest of my life. Maybe I'm just burned out. I don't know. So, what can I do with my MSN FNP degree that doesn't require much patient contact?
  17. Hello everyone. I am planning to apply to SMU to the online Family Nurse Practioner program. I could not find information about the online program specifically. Can anybody share their experience, please? How is the studying set (lectures recorded)? What assignments required from students: group studying, tests, presentations, lots of papers, discussions? Thank you
  18. Hello fellow applicants. It's been 3 weeks since the submission deadline and I'm getting nervous😨. I don't think this cycles' group has been made so I assume no one has been invited to an interview yet. Best of luck to us all💚 What are your stats if you'd like to share? Did you receive an interview or any other followup communication? How did they contact you (phone or email)?
  19. Need feedback on anyone who has completed the online FNP program of West Coast University. Do they provide support with clinical placements, sense of workload and if instructors are supportive? Looking to apply to the school and want to be sure its worth the money.
  20. Hi everyone, I'm new to allnurses so hope I'm posting in the right place! I am currently looking for recommendations on MSN FNP programs. I am currently an Emergency Room RN, BSN with 13 years experience, working as both an ER RN and a flight nurse. My husband and I (and our 2 boys under 2.5 yrs) recently moved to a rural area and I'm strongly considering pursuing my MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Due to our young family and isolated geographic area, I am only able to attend programs that are 100% online. Also would like to obtain my degree as quickly as possible (looking at around 2 yrs) all while getting an education that sufficiently prepares me to pass the boards and become a successful practitioner. I'm only working part time now, two 12 hr shifts a week, and plan on continuing the same schedule while in school. So far I am looking at University of Cincinnati, South University, and Walden University. Others I have considered are Maryville (although this program take over 2.5 yrs) and Frontier University. I have read some mixed reviews of South University, but due to the flexibility of the program (can double up on classes to finish in less than 2 yrs) and the frequent start dates (seems like a new class is admitted every month or so) it is one of my top picks as of now. I have read earlier posts on South University's FNP program but have not seen any within the past year or so. Just wondering if they have worked out some of the kinks that earlier posters had mentioned. Curious if anyone has graduated from South University and passed the FNP boards? What work load was like? Class structure? Did you double up classes? Etc? Also looking for any feedback from current/former FNP students at University of Cincinnati, Maryville, and Walden as well....just in case decide to apply to more than one program. Any and all feedback is welcome. Nervous but excited to start the application process! Thanks in advance!!!
  21. Currently I am in graduate school to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. I am in my first of three clinical rotations, and in December of this year I will graduate. I never once have regretted the decision to go back to school to become a Nurse Practitioner. Below is a list of 7 tips that I know will help any nurse who is contemplating on whether or not to apply to a Nurse Practitioner program. It is my hope that this article will answer some questions that are holding you back and will lead to you starting that application process. 1) Ask yourself... Do you want to work in the Hospital or Office? This will help you decide if you should apply for an Acute Care program or a Primary Care program. I will say, do not get a degree in primary care and expect to work in a hospital. I foresee the days of the Family Nurse Practitioner working in the ICU is a thing of the past. 2) What scenario do you see yourself resonating with more? I want nothing to do with adults = Pediatric Nurse Practitioner I want nothing to do with children, they scare me = Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner I like taking care of all ages = Family Nurse Practitioner I don't like pediatrics or adults, I like the neonates = Neonatal Nurse Practitioner These are just examples of the multiple options of specialties you will be able to choose from. There are many more degree options for Nurse Practitioners that are not listed here, but this will get your mind churning. Use your answer to question one to guide you in the right direction of choosing primary care or acute care for the specialty you have decided on. Remember, do not choose a primary care degree and plan on working in the hospital. 3) School Full Time or School Part Time? My vote is for school full time. Any type of schooling you want to commit to and be able to submerge yourself in fully. Where there is a will there is a way, and you will be surprised with how resourceful you can be when placed in a challenging situation. As nurses, it is in our DNA to just "figure it out". Get the ball rolling and get the program completed. 4) Work Full Time or Work Part-Time? Personally, was able to manage working full time while in school up until my clinical rotations started. Then, it was too much. Three twelve hour days at work and the requirement of all the clinical hours for the semester, plus your regular class work, on top of all the work that goes into clinicals and not to mention if you have real responsibilities of a house, kids or family members. There are just not enough hours in the day to do everything to your fullest. 5) Online Program or On Campus Program? What appears to be the trend are hybrid classes, an online-ish program. There still are all on-campus programs and all online programs, so you will be able to choose. Don't let the technology scare you, but think about how technically challenging a program might be when you are selecting one. In my opinion, regardless of online, hybrid or on campus, what you put into the education is what you will get out. 6) If you don't work in the ER, transfer there! I was fortunate enough to get a job in an Emergency Room directly after passing my NCLEX. I directly correlate all of the lessons that I have learned in the Emergency Room have helped me TREMENDOUSLY in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. First off, in the Emergency Room, you see and care for all sorts of patients, birth to death and everything in between. Also, you will see everything across the acuity spectrum as well, from primary care issues to acute care issues. Another reason to move to the Emergency Room is the ability to have a flexible schedule, with a large staff and many shifts to choose from. 7) DNP program or MSN program? I will start this out by saying I am currently in an MSN program. It is my goal to complete my DNP, but there was some strategy involved with choosing the MSN program first. My thought process was, I am not required to complete the DNP at this time and once I complete my MSN I will be able to start working as an NP. Completing the MSN portion first, roughly in 2 ½ years, and start working as an NP, versus the 4 plus to complete the DNP and all this time would be spent working at a nurse's salary. Choosing this route, you are losing out on 2 ½ years of NP salary that you could be making if you chose to get your MSN first and complete your DNP after. The trend for all programs seems to be moving to the BSN to DNP structure, without the MSN, so this is even another reason to start the NP program sooner than later. Still not sure what program, but you know you want to be an NP. Then just start! Start searching different programs, start critically thinking about what specialty you think you would enjoy the most, spend some time in conversation with both Nurse Practitioner students and practicing Nurse Practitioners and start the application process. Just put one foot in front of the other and everything else will fall into place. If you don't, then "life" will happen, time will go by and then you will no longer have the option to go back to school. Again, I have no regrets about entering Nurse Practitioner school and I am excited to start the next chapter in my nursing journey! Michael M. Heuninckx RN-BSN
  22. nurse_bri

    FNP, DNP vs. MSN?

    Hi everyone!! I wanted some opinions and guidance on whether to pursue a DNP or a MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I was recently accepted into a DNP program and a MSN program. What are the differences? Would it make a difference in salary/where I can practice? Would a DNP give you more opportunities and skills to practice? I heard it will start to become a requirement (to have a DNP) around 2025, but I'm not sure how accurate that is. I know a lot of nurse practitioner programs are starting to become DNP programs so if that is true I would definitely want to pursue that option now instead of the long run.
  23. NewBostonFNP

    FNP in Hospital Setting

    Hi, I just accepted my first job as an FNP in a hospital setting. I'll be rounding on all patients in the hospital that will be on my service. Is there a specific personal malpractice insurance I should have? Certain criteria it should meet? I basically know nothing about this as I've been a home health RN for 8 years. Thanks!
  24. Hello All, I am starting an online FNP program (Herzing University) this upcoming May. I have read and bookmarked previous forums on some books to purchase to attempt to read and study between my studies; however, is there any advice as to preparation for the program? Things you know now that you wish you had known and did at the start of the program? I appreciate any guidance and advice, thanks in advance. (:
  25. Hello all, I am looking into applying to Regis online fnp in fall 2018 and I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with this program in the online setting? How do or did you like the program and what your experience of finding local preceptors was like? Thank you!