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NP confusion correction

Discussion in 'Clinicians [ RN / NP / PA ]' started by dberkery, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. dberkery

    dberkery New Member

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    apparently my post never actually posted, through some computer error sending it?

    anyways, i figured i'd re-post.

    i'm at a point where i'm just confused. i know i want to be an HIV specialist, but i can't decide if the route to get there should be as an NP or an MD?

    basically, i was so gung-ho in being an NP until some of my worries surfaced. can anyone answer the questions to my fears:

    what is the job availability as an NP in the manhattan area/ ny metro?
    can i be an hiv specialist as an NP?
    will i be able to support my fam,ily with an NP salary (not even sure what the avg NY salary is) or will i struggle?
    is there a stigma of the taboo "male nurse"?

    lastly, how do i get where i want to be as a HIV NP specialtist?

    any suggestios would be greatly appreciated!
     
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  3. fuegorama

    fuegorama Senior Member
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    Answers in order of query

    Don't Know
    There is no Infectious Disease (ID) specialty paths for 2nd tier providers to the best of my knowledge. (if anyone knows a path please let us know)
    Check health care salary pages. Google it.
    No
    Go to medical school DO or MD. Complete an IM residency then do an ID fellowship.
    Read More!
     
  4. HopeLYSromantic

    HopeLYSromantic A Cute Nurse...
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    I know an NP who is a TB specialist at a clinic... so I guess anything is possible... I know I didn't say much... but just thought I would share what little information that I had... but I'm sure you could work in some type of HIV clinical or something along those lines...

    good luck :luck:
     
  5. lloydchristmas

    lloydchristmas Senior Member
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    Hi.
    I'm in NP school now, almost done. You can do whatever you want as long as there's a position in the field you want. The job market for NPs is exploding (I've got 8 months to go and I've had 3 calls this week alone). When I first visited NPcentral website there was 3 jobs posted nationwide (2 years ago). Now there are more than you can read at one sitting. If I were you I'd get the FNP certification because you can do just about whatever you want with it. The money for NPs is growing based on the demand growing. I've had offers of 55K/yr to 120K/yr, and I live in the midwest where the salary average is lower than the coasts.

    If you go to MD/DO school, you'll be able to see your own patients and call the shots with those patients. But, you'll be putting in quite a bit more time if you go that route. It's up to you; do whichever you want. You may get in and find that other specialties interest you too.
     
  6. PainDr

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    I'm a physician, not an NP, but I just wanted to say that the above poster is incorrect. Salaries for ALL healthcare providers are HIGHER in the midwest than coastal regions. The reason is simple...supply vs demand. EVERYONE wants to live on the coast and this pushes average salaries down. :(
     
  7. emedpa

    emedpa GlobalDoc
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    there are lots of jobs for pa's and np's working with hiv+ pts.
    most of these jobs are listed as county health clinics so do a search that way.you should know that these tend to be low paying jobs. I have a number of midlevel friends who do this type of work in several different parts of the country in large and small cities. the jobs are there.
     
  8. lady_jezebel

    lady_jezebel MD in future life

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    The University of Washington in Seattle offers an NP in Infectious Diseases, with a focus in HIV.

    As to the salary comment -- nursing salaries are MUCH higher in the Pacific Northwest than any other part of the country. They are notoriously low in the Midwest and South. NP salaries may be very different, however.
     
  9. lloydchristmas

    lloydchristmas Senior Member
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    Every single survey and every single research report I've EVER read says salaries are higher on the coasts. There are several words in that statement you made that makes it just plain wrong. Read the surveys man.
     

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