Any FNP's work in Pain management? other speciaty practices?

  1. Hi all,
    I am almost finished with my FNP schooling (hooray!) and looking into various specialties as an option to primary care clinics. Does anyone have any advice on an interesting specialty where they are/were willing to train you?
    I have an interest in Pain management clinics, doing injections, etc. I also have an interest in gastroenterology, due to dealing with IBS myself.
    I am open to others, but those are my first choices.

    I am concerned/aware that specializing might not be the best move right out of school, but I may have to think outside the box due to limited FNP primary care jobs in my area.

    Any advice is appreciated.:flowersfo
  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   traumaRUs
    I think you have the right idea: if jobs are scarce, you have to look at what's available. I'm in nephrology - had absolutely no experience in this but had a wonderful 4 month orientation including didactic as well as clinical time. The doctors and other mid-levels are fantastic.
  4. by   morganvibes
    Hi TraumaRUs,
    I've read many of your posts and I was actually thinking of you!
    You said it's been pretty tough also, correct?
  5. by   traumaRUs
    I started in nephrology in July 06 so its been almost three years now. I'm just now getting comfortable that I can make decisions with some level of competency! (lol)

    My nursing background is ER and in the remote past, ICU. I really wish now that I had taken more time to figure out what I wanted to do. When I graduated, there were few jobs and even fewer now! At this point, I am just so lucky to have a job.

    Although this is not what I envisioned, it is okay. And sometimes you do have to settle for what's available. The saving grace is that I work in a very supportive environment with physicians and other mid-levels that are very intelligent and likable.
  6. by   VivaRN
    I am a new grad working in HIV. At my clinic we get a 6 month orientation. There are also regional AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC's) that hold conferences for providers new to HIV. Very much willing to train, especially to increase access in rural areas.
  7. by   morganvibes
    thanks guys, sounds like I just need to make sure I ask if they will provide support for a new grad and see what they say.
    Glad to hear you 2 are making it work!