I know this isn't Dear Abby but if anyone has the time, I'd appreciate some insight. I am in the middle of preparing to get my NP certification (graduated December 2012). Meanwhile, I've discovered I'm pregnant and the ltc facility where I work currently has offered to train me for an mds position (understanding full well I'm pregnant.)
So, I'm kind of in a pickle. I definitely want to get my NP credentials but at the same time I don't think anyone with any foresight will want to hire and train a pregnant NP. The facility where I am now knows I'm pregnant and still wants me to stay, though training for an mds position is a long-term committment. So, I'm wondering what might the value be in focusing on an mds position vs. trying to find a NP job. I've got a lot of money in student loans to start paying back and was depending on an NP salary to help me out. Or, do mds coordinators make better money than a floor nurse? My guess is no, so I'd still be muddling through on a rather crummy salary for making headway on student loans...or would it be for the best at this point and time to let the NP plans rest for a couple of years and focus on doing mds? I was told a good mds coordinator is worth his or her weight in gold (though I wasn't given any figures.)
Anyway, I doubt I'm even making much sense, but as I sit through another sleepless night these concerns are running through my mind and I'd just appreciate any insight on the matter.