Hi everyone, thank you to those who respond with their input!
I want to go back to school (grad school, I have my BSN), I'm an RN with 3 years experience, I currently work in a rehab/sub-acute hospital (Vents, LVAD, PD etc). Just so you know my background.
I'm pretty much interested in NP or CNS. I am more interested in staying in the hospital setting until I'm older and then I'd like to work in a clinic or possibly find a way to teach - but I suppose that would take more education and that will be for a later thought :P
I live in Massachusetts, and I've been trying to read up the job descriptions on both NP and CNS and they seem pretty interchangeable from the descriptions on job postings, but I've had a hard time finding something specific to read online.
I LOVE the thought of being an educator for nurses/medical staff or a patient educator or resource person (I'm hoping by the time I'm done with school I'll have a few years on a regular medical floor), but I'm not that interested in just working under a doctor, writing rx's or working in administration)... but just getting an master's in education online or something doesn't seem like enough for me. I'd still like the option of more than just education, but I'm not sure what else I want to do, and I want more opportunities.
Obviously I'll still do more research and hopefully shadow a bit if I can, but I'd still love more opinions and I do love this site.
Thank you so much!