Most people choose to be a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) because they truly care about the health of others. Nevertheless, there are various other benefits of being an FNP besides this.
Let’s take a look at 15 reasons.
- You get to be as close to being a doctor without actually being a doctor, and without losing touch with your caring side. As an FNP, you will continue to work directly with patients, but you will have far more responsibilities than a general Registered Nurse (RN). Indeed, in some states, you will even be able to prescribe medication.
- You will have the opportunity to fill in your working life the way you see fit. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted that growth in the field of FNPs is set to be higher than other areas of nursing. Hence, because you will be so much in demand, you will be able to choose from many different work settings and if you want to work fewer hours, it is likely that you will be allowed to.
- You get to work in lots of geographical areas. Some nurses only want to work in large hospitals, while others want to work in remote and rural communities. Either way, there will be work for you.
- You will earn way more than if you were an RN. Of course, you may not earn as much as a family physician, but it will be close.
- Because there is such a high demand for properly qualified nurses, particularly those with advanced practice degrees like an FNP, many employers are now footing the bill for the education. This means you might not even have to pay for it yourself.
- You will always be able to find work. All types of healthcare settings have requirements for FNPs, so you really have a wealth of choices. This allows you to have a really varied career.
- You get to work directly with people. The essence of nursing, for many, is the fact that you get to work directly with patients. This is something that is lost with many advanced practice degrees, where you work becomes more behind the scenes. Not so with FNPs, however, who continue to work directly with people.
- You get to make a true difference in the lives of entire communities. Your role will be as much about healing as it is about preventative care. Thanks to the information that you provide, entire societies will be able to live longer, happier and healthier lives.
- As an FNP, you get to work with people of all ages, genders and ethnicity, as well as with the full range of medical problems. You could do anything from helping a new mother breastfeed to giving an elderly person advice on how to stay mobile.
- You will have frequent adrenaline rushes. There is something really special about having someone else’ life in your hands. Although real life or death situations may not be common as an FNP, they do happen and this gives most people quite a significant rush.
- You could take on political roles. More and more, we are seeing healthcare trained people becoming involved in politics. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the world of nursing has changed significantly. Spokespeople are needed for this, who can push forward health care reforms.
- You can study towards being an FNP while being full-time employed. More and more schools are offering the FNP degree as an online option. This means you can work and study at the same time.
- You can help create new health care facilities. Working with other people, you could create the facilities that help tomorrow’s children instead.
- The field is fascinating and diverse. You won’t ever spend a single minute of your day being bored or wanting to go home. Too many exciting things are happening.
- Finally, being an FNP will cause you to be respected among your peers, family and community members. Nurses are an invaluable part of our community resources and this very satisfying.