Before my questions here is a quick look at my background: NICU nurse with 3yrs experience in high level University (teaching) hospitals. I recieved my BSN in 2006 and have always known that I wanted to obtain my MSN. Right out of school I planned on going back within 2yrs to obtain my Neonatal NP...but soon learned by watching/taking with the NPs on my unit that that career was not for me!
I have no interest in acting like a "Dr." and would hate a long night of rounds/ordering things! Didn't take long to figure out that my interests were more in teaching/researching!
My old hospital had an amazing CNS (Neonatal) that was basically in charge of making sure our unit was completely up to date on evidence-based practice in the NICU (we used to complain about how often things changed....oh I didn't know how good I had it!). I honestly think she is one of the smartest nurses I know! My current hospital is WAY behind on evidence-based practice and the CNS doesn't seem to care (actually nobody has really been able to figure out what she does in her job!). Seeing the difference in the level of care these little ones get really does encourage me to go back so that I can hopefully make some changes...right now in the bedside role it is
But back to my question: I have looked around and haven't been able to find any Neonatal or Pediatric CNS programs within a decent commute. The two I've found in my area of CA would require me to drive 120 miles each way in LA or San Diego traffic 3X per week.....not going to happen! I did however find an online Parent-Child CNS program through Cal State and on a whim decided to apply (the deadline was in a week when I found it!). I just received my acceptance letter (YAY!) and now I'm unsure of what I got myself into (yes I know this isn't smart! I was just fed up with looking for programs and the online works perfect with my schedule!).
Does anyone have any idea of what a parent-child CNS is? What area could I work in? Do you think I would continue to do what I have wanted and work in the NICU as a CNS with this specialty? I've tried asking the people at the school but got very unhelpful answers! Can anyone help? I don't want to start and waste time/money if I can't do something I like!
I would like to know what you thought about the parent-child CNS program at Cal State- Dominguez Hills. Also being that there is no certification exam (CNS Core Exam will be obsolete July 1, 2010), will this affect your employment opportunities/credibility?
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