I am a newly graduated nurse with my BSN, and I'm currently 3 months into a full-time RN position in an ICU step-down unit. However, I've been playing with the idea of going back to school for my masters or DNP. I haven't been an RN long, but I know that I'm absolutely in love with bedside care- I enjoy being on 'the front line' and having the connections I get to have with my patients, I love every aspect of being an RN with a full patient load on the floor. Yet at the same time, I know that I want to get an advanced degree and I'm unsure as to what path to take. In short, I'm wondering if anybody would be able to help me figure out what different paths hold in terms of getting a masters or doing a nurse practitioner degree and what they each mean in terms of staying at bedside or being a bit more removed. If it helps, my dream position is in the NICU, or peds in general. Thank you so much for any advice or information!