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Is becoming a nurse practitioner worth it? Pros and Cons

aanp ancc fnp fnp-bc Mar 01, 2023

Hello, it's Miriam FNP-C, FNP-BC here with another post to help you along in your journey. No career is perfect, and FNP is no different. I just want to discuss the pros and cons of becoming an FNP. If you are not sure what it's like to be an FNP, you may never know until you do clinicals or work your first job. So I wanted to write about the struggles and the reasons I love my job, and wouldn't trade it for anything else.


  • Becoming an FNP allows for a high level of autonomy and responsibility in patient care.
  • FNPs can specialize in a particular area of healthcare, providing a high level of expertise.
  • The demand for FNPs is increasing, leading to high job security and competitive salary.
  • FNPs have the opportunity to develop long-term relationships with their patients, providing comprehensive and personalized care. Through service and empathy, we can heal people's hearts and minds, this is my favorite part of the job.
  • The FNP role allows for a good work-life balance, with many opportunities for flexible scheduling.


  • Becoming an FNP requires a significant amount of education and training, often including a master's degree.
  • The role of an FNP can be emotionally and mentally demanding, requiring the ability to handle difficult patient situations.
  • The workload for FNPs can be high, with long hours and a high patient volume.
  • FNPs may face legal and ethical issues in their practice, requiring a strong knowledge of healthcare laws and regulations.
  • The FNP role may require working in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, which can be stressful and physically demanding.

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So there you have it, that is my breakdown of the highs and lows of being an FNP in 2023. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

And don't forget, I created notes and a study guide with an answer key based on the most essential topics I focused on to pass the ANCC and AANP (yes, I passed both on the 1st try) board exams. Get the Study Guide here.


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Miriam Tivzenda's ANCC/AANP Study Group (FNP/AGNP)