Hey, looking for some career advice here! Right now I work as a paramedic and have realIzed I love medicine and would like a acquire a much deeper understanding of medicine and physiology in general. I want to go to DO route but my spouse doesn't really want me to. I am 23 and have a daughter and am planning on having another one soon. Just recently had the epiphany I want I be a physician, formerly just wanted to be a ER nurse.... So this wasn't really in our plans. With a family, me going to med school would put a lot of pressure on my wife while i attend school and she doesn't seem to want that, although she said she would support me on whatever.
This has lead me to seriously consider the DNP route, but honestly I know little about it. I tried googling and didn't find much that helped. I've heard ACNP is the path I'd want to take, as it goes into the more advanced medical sciences. Is there a DNP-ACNP? I am pretty sure everyone who goes for ACNP has at least at some point strongly considered being a physician.
So with that being said do you feel satisfied as being a DNP/ACNP as opposed to going to med school? I am afraid I will get this far and realize I wish I went to med school because I didn't get a good enough medical education. What opportunities is there for a ACNP? At my hospital they hired them to work in urgent care/observation/fast track ER. What other options are there outside this?
Thanks a ton for any advice!!