>>10194523>nursing since there's less schooling
My schooling was 2.5 years, preceeded by 1.5 years of prerequisites to apply to the program. 4 years minimum unless you already have your prereqs, consider if you want to apply to graduate school, otherwise consider if the amount of time in school is worth the salary.>it seems more "involved" with patients
You will spend most of your time outside the patient's room retrieving meds, consulting, documenting assessments and other various tasks. The time you get to spend with a patient is divided between the number of patients you have, which is usually higher than what's considered safe. "Bedside" healthcare is overrated, most of your activities in the patient's room are administering medications and assessing them; if you're fortunate and have adequate staff, you won't have to help every patient shit, weigh them, measure urine output, etc.
tl;dr what you *want* to do is incredibly restricted by the amount of time you have and the shift requirements you must complete. >you can always become an NP later if you want
If you don't like nursing, there's a reasonable expectation you won't like NP, especially since you want to be "involved" with patients. NPs are basically doctors with an extremely limited scope of practice.
You are doing manual labor as a nurse but without the pay to compensate. You are poorly trained with unreasonably high legal accountability. 12 hour shifts absorb the rest of the day due to traveling, cooking, household shit, family etc; your days off are wasted recuperating. You have to work with women and all the bullshit that entails.
I'm just trying to give you the information that people won't. This "career" can be lucrative, rewarding, and enjoyable. But there is a LOT of bullshit between you and those prospects. Consider this field carefully.