I've been an RN for about a year and during this time have been working as a public health nurse with the state. I'm currently one year into a p/t three year program for FNP. I'm struggling with whether I should move over to the hospital to gain more experience or if I should stay in public health. When I graduate from the FNP program I would eventually like to work internationally with the federal government as a provider at different consolets around the world. They want rural and critical care experience as well as public health experience. I love my job but I do realize I'm not gaining any critical care experience BUT at the same time I don't want to leave public health with only a year put in. I've been reading other nurses comments about how hard it is to find FNP jobs upon graduation. I'm afraid I will not be able to find a job as a FNP that would allow me to work as a general practitioner with both acute and chronic conditions with the resume I now have. If I can't gain experience in these areas I may never have my dream job. So I don't want to have a resume with only public health experience but at the same time I don't feel like I should leave my job so soon. Any ideas or thoughts from other nurses would be much appreciated!
Apr 29, '11
Thanks for the responses, they were much appreciated and helped me decide to apply for hospital nursing positions. With much contemplation I accepted a float position at the local hospital where I will have an abundance of new nursing experiences. Some wise man once said that with many counselors come success.
Last edit by DoodlesNoodles on Apr 29, '11
: Reason: Grammar