So I've been a pediatric RN for almost 6 years now and finally ready to make the plunge into advanced practice. My dilemna right now is trying to decide between FNP and PNP. I love pediatrics and am good at it and had never considered until now doing anything else.
But I just got back from doing some overseas primary care and disaster relief work with an FNP and really saw that having a broader base of knowledge than just pediatrics was essential. That's the kind of work I would love to do in the long run and perhaps follow up with an MPH at some point. The included women's health in the program is interesting to me too and it would be great to have that knowledge, although I've never done it before.
However, I know that I would be working here in the states too for a bit...and know that if that were the case, I'd rather focus on pediatrics and don't really have an inclination to be dealing regularly with a lot of STD treatment and family planning options, especially for adolescents...
I guess my question is, as an FNP would I have adequate opportunity to just work in pediatrics??? And does the FNP program prepare you enough to care for and feel competent with those specialties like women's health or pediatrics if you did want to stay just in those areas...since it's not the primary focus of the program?
Should I go for my PNP, since peds is what I know best or broaden my horizons a bit and be well-rounded enough to care for all ages???