Calling all nurse practitioners: tell me about your career.
I'm a humanities Ph.D. student planning on switching to a healthcare career when my dissertation's done in a couple of years. I asked this question
about the feasibility of medical school a couple of weeks ago and got some great answers, but I've been doing a little reading about nurse practitioners and am thinking that the NP path might be a better option for me, especially because my interest is in primary care. I have no interest in being a hotshot specialist; I want a stable but flexible career that lets me help people every day. I am also a bit of a public health geek and feel very strongly about preventative and holistic care.
If you are (or have a loved one who is) a nurse practitioner working in primary care, what does your everyday look like? Do you ever regret not having the MD? Do you have opportunities to work in public health advocacy? Bonus: Did you (or someone you know) become an NP after working in a completely unrelated field?
Because I know that the job market for NPs varies by state, I'm in the Northeast and am planning to stay in New York or New England long-term. I'm quite interested in the MGH direct-entry MSN
program and similar options.
(This question was asked before, but all the way back in 2005
-- I'm thinking that the expanded user base and new developments in American healthcare might make answers look a little different this time around)