I have been a nurse for 2 years now and am currently a charge RN on a 34 bed telemetry floor (night shift). I have a very strong desire to continue my education and currently have an application in to a Acute Care NP program that is also a DNP program. I was curious to hear from other current/future ACNP's out there as I have a few questions... First, I elected to go for a DNP program because of the future requirements shift and so that I have a more diverse degree to fall back on in case I want to pursue education or research in the future and because the only local options in my area are FNP programs at the masters level and I am pretty convinced that I want to work in a hospital setting. How do you view the differences in programs/certifications? Is getting a job as a brand new NP as easy prospect? (I remember how hard it was to get a job as an RN with no experience...) I also have questions about how the pay is and if the increas in pay is worth an extra 3+ years of school and the associated debt (which I already have a ton of since I have 2 bachelor's degrees...) Again, I am very sure that I want to pursue a more advanced practice level but with all the options (CRNA after a year plus ICU experience, FNP, MD??) I would value outside insight. Thank you!