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Thinking of going the FNP route

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Hi, I just recently graduated from nursing school with my bsn. I am looking to become a family nurse practitioner. Within 1-3 years of working as a rn. I want to know realisticly is the nurse practitioner route worth it? I am looking for more autonomy, a higher level of education, without having go to med school :up:. For those of you who are a nurse practitioner, do you enjoy it, are you happy you made the decision to become a nurse practitioner, and do you feel you are compensated in salary/ hourly fairly for your work?

synaptic

Has 5 years experience.

like i tell everybody else, i am glad I made the decision but if i was now in nursing school I would take a different route. Everybody is going back to get their MSN for the same reasons you state, and in a few years the market will probably be as dim for new FNP than it is now for lawyers.

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU. Has 27 years experience.

Move to student NPforum

anh06005, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Cardiac, Home Health, Primary Care. Has 6 years experience.

I am glad I went back though I only graduated in December. I do feel that I am compensated pretty well and many clinics allow you to earn bonus $$$ depending on your productivity which I think is only fair.

As PP mentioned: there are MANY going back right now. I think I JUST beat the huge glut of FNP's coming in upcoming years. Whether it is worth it, how much better the pay is, etc. depends on your area.

I love the autonomy. I love calling the shots instead of following the orders. I am still actively learning to better understand how to manage diseases to provide the best outcome. I really really am enjoying it. I'd still probably go back now even if I was just graduating but my area still needs NP's (I am in a semi-rural area).

BostonFNP, APRN

Specializes in Adult Internal Medicine. Has 10 years experience.

Hi, I just recently graduated from nursing school with my bsn. I am looking to become a family nurse practitioner. Within 1-3 years of working as a rn. I want to know realisticly is the nurse practitioner route worth it? I am looking for more autonomy, a higher level of education, without having go to med school :up:. For those of you who are a nurse practitioner, do you enjoy it, are you happy you made the decision to become a nurse practitioner, and do you feel you are compensated in salary/ hourly fairly for your work?

Lots of threads on this exact topic, take a look around and you will find a lot of information.

Long story short:

1. Only you can decide if it's "worth it".

2. If you want to work in a provider role (higher autonomy and education) than you will need to go NP, PA, or MD/DO or find a niche RN role.

3. NP salary averages more than 100k/year now. Whether that is fair is debated. Don't do it for the money.