Hey everyone! I am new to the allnurses community- Loving all the info so far...very helpful!
So here is my question: I am a level 3 NICU nurse with 2.5 years experience. I started as a new grad in the NICU and work in a fantastic teaching hospital system in Southern California, and I LOVE it. However, working nights has gotten the best of me, and I miss my family.
So, in pursuit of one of my life goals, I am moving back home to suburban Chicago and starting an MSN program this fall with an FNP specialization. I hope to practice in primary care or dermatology when I finish. (Or whatever strikes my fancy in grad school!) I am beginning to get VERY nervous, however: I have only ever taken care of babies
(critically ill babies but still) and I am worried my skills might not be up to par with my classmates'. I am also worried that I might not like it...what if I am only cut out for the NICU?? And is it unrealistic to want to work per diem in NICU after I graduate as well as work full or part-time as an NP? I don't think I will ever be able to completely tear myself away from the babies.
As time flies by and my days as a full-time NICU nurse get fewer, I am getting more and more nervous. If any of you have ever been in a similar situation or have any advice/encouragement/guidance, I would be so grateful!!!! THANK YOU!!!!! and NURSES ROCK!! <3<3<3