Advice for ER NPs or Surgical NPs?

  1. Hello everyone! I'm a WHNP- and would like to evolve to become a Surgical NP (office hours, inpatient rounding and first assist) in a specialty like gyn onc, gen surg, or bariatrics or become a ER NP. What would be the best route to take?
    --go FNP or ACNP?
    and
    _ Should I go to work in the ICU or ER for the time being (for experience)?
    I have a varied background in Neuro/ENT/Multi trauma, Burn unit (med-surg), IV therapy, Surgical Stepdown, Labor and Del, Postpartum, Pain Management, Nursing Education, Nursing Management, and even Insurance! I have also recently become a volunteer EMT.
    I'm afraid if I go the ACNP route---I will only be limited to the hospital. (When I get down the road (closer to retirement) I want to have the option of maybe going to office practice).
    I really love Womens Health however, the job prospects are slim right now! Thanks everyone for you help!!!:spin:
    Last edit by FINDURPASSION on Oct 21, '05
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   traumaRUs
    I don't have any answers for you, but I wanted to see what answers you would get because I'm interested in an ER APN position too. (I would need to develop and propose this position). Good luck...
  4. by   DYSPHORIC JOY
    I would advise becoming a FNP. The options are numerous. I have done ED, Urgent Care, Corrections and Psychiatric. I have never faced barriers to practice.
  5. by   sirI
    Quote from FINDURPASSION
    Hello everyone! I'm a WHNP- and would like to evolve to become a Surgical NP (office hours, inpatient rounding and first assist) in a specialty like gyn onc, gen surg, or bariatrics or become a ER NP. What would be the best route to take?
    --go FNP or ACNP?
    and
    _ Should I go to work in the ICU or ER for the time being (for experience)?
    I have a varied background in Neuro/ENT/Multi trauma, Burn unit (med-surg), IV therapy, Surgical Stepdown, Labor and Del, Postpartum, Pain Management, Nursing Education, Nursing Management, and even Insurance! I have also recently become a volunteer EMT.
    I'm afraid if I go the ACNP route---I will only be limited to the hospital. (When I get down the road (closer to retirement) I want to have the option of maybe going to office practice).
    I really love Womens Health however, the job prospects are slim right now! Thanks everyone for you help!!!:spin:
    Hello, FINDURPASSION,

    I, too, am an OB-GYN NP and finally sought the FNP route. The OB NP was too narrow for me and I had to add the FNP for better job opportunity.

    I take call in my ER as the sole healthcare provider. The role of FNP has allowed me much flexibility, but, this is in my area. The ACNP is not utilized as often here.

    I think you should seek an ER position to better acquaint you with the role of NP in the ER if you are seeking a future position here. You should also check out the Trauma NP track. Try these links about this role:

    http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/surgery...-Protocols.htm

    http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/surgery...tocolstyle.htm

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