Hi - I read through the forums often and really appreciate how supportive people are with detailed questions and answers, so I am going to give this a try. I am graduating with a BSN this year and am looking to move to San Antonio, TX for long term family purposes. I know nothing about what Texas Nursing is like other than from talking with recruiters, but I do know that is the place for my wife's family support network for raising children. Also people are very nice there, a lot better than where I am from.
I am an experienced Paramedic, and want to move into an advanced practice role within the next few years while obtaining some good ICU Nursing experience. I am more than willing to work in the city or a rural setting if I can gain more autonomy. My goal is to work in an in-patient setting working in an as close to an intensivist role as possible.
So here a couple questions, but I would much appreciate any input or insight:
What is the ACNP scope of practice like compared to other states? how are they used in the hospitals? which hospital's do or dont use them? (San Antonio and/or outskirts, Texas state in general)
What is the most common credential for Nurse Practitioners in the San Antonio hospital systems? How frequent do job opportunities arise, what is the supply and demand in that area for this sort of specialty? Is there a better credential that is more marketable to be a mid-level practitioner in a critical care setting?
What is the expected salary of a Nurse Practitioner (ACNP or FNP working the in-patient setting) in San Antonio?
Thank you very much, you are really helping me out in a big way and I will definitely pay it forward some day.