That's alot of information, so i'll try to be brief but informative. I chose to become an acute care PNP vs primary care PNP because working in an MD's office would be my own personal hell
. I also chose acute care because I really enjoy working in the PICU, and in my state a primary care degree wouldn't allow that. As far as job openings, that depends on your geographic region. In the south where I live there is a shortage of acute care trained PNP's (thanks to recent BON changes I believe). Here is the role for a PNP in my PICU: essentially the NP's function as a Fellow, but they have a patient load. That means helping put out fires, managing your own patients, procedures (chest tubes, intubations, LP's, CVL's, art lines, etc..), bedside teaching, and liason between RN and MD (attending and resident). Once the doc's have an NP, assuming you are doing a good job, they will not want to get rid of you because you make their job easier (that does wonders for job security). any other questions?