I've asked Nurse Beth about this. She gave me a detailed answer and also suggested that I can inquire here.
I would very much appreciate any insight or comments you could offer me on my dilemma. I am considering whether to pursue an NP degree. I'm an experienced acute care RN; I also got my MSN/Ed degree a few years ago, and have been teaching a clinical one day a week (adjunct faculty in a local community college), besides the hospital job. It's a long story, but I feel the time has come for me to get an NP degree. The program I'm considering is an Acute Care Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. I've really enjoyed working in acute care and would like to continue doing so. That is the background, now for the questions:
What do you think is the likelihood of my finding a job when I graduate and pass the licensure exam? I will be about 45 by then. Is my age likely to present a problem?
Are there many NP jobs available in acute care? I work in a mid-size community hospital, and what we have are almost exclusively MDs (there are a few PAs working in the ED). I wouldn't want to invest all the time, effort, and money into getting the degree because I like the subject matter, only to find out that I cannot find a job in my new specialty.
I am on the East Coast; would my chances for gainful employment as a new NP in my geographic area be better if I chose the Primary Care Adult-Geriatric NP program, instead? Or do you have any other suggestions? Everyone I know is doing either Critical Care NP or FNP, but neither one is the one I really want...
What I also find a bit concerning are some comments I'd seen on a recent Medscape article--some nurses got an NP degree, couldn't find work as NPs and couldn't get hired as RNs either, b/c they are overqualified...I cannot really afford to find myself in such a position.
(the article is this one, if you're interested: Medscape: Medscape Access
Another alternative I've considered is getting a full-time teaching position in the community college where I am currently an adjunct, in the next few years. However, I find myself reluctant to fully leave the bedside just yet, nor am I eager to deal with all the admin stuff one must deal with when one is a full-time faculty member.
Many thanks for your time!