I am curious as to everyone's opinion on the best way to move towards my DNP in geriatric medicine. I am currently working in elderly LTC. I will be starting my DNP program next fall with a focus on geriatric medicine. Do you think that potential employers will take me seriously if I have only worked in the LTC/Assisted living environment? Are there any other steps that I can take that will support my career goals? Would I be better off if I spend some time working in the hospital setting (I have only worked in ALF/SNF environment.)?
Thankk you in advance for all of the advice!!!!
Hi LLG. Thanks for the response.
I guess I didn't state that very well. I am planning to get my DNP so that I can work as a nurse practitioner in a physician's office for adult medicine (preferably just geriatric medicine). And there are multiple states in which a nurse practitioner can practice independently, so I try to keep that in mind when planning my academic future. I believe that more states will adopt these practice guidelines as time goes on.
In a perfect world, the practice I work in as an NP will contract a day or two of each week with some LTCs and Assisted Living facilities so that patients can be seen in their home environment instead of having to come to the office.
So, hopefully this is a better explanation of what I am working towards. I *think*?? I am on the right path, but would love to hear from people who have walked in these shoes before.
Last edit by julz1980 on Nov 4, '12