Hi, I'm hoping you guys can help me out. I have been an RN for a year after graduating from a diploma program. I will finish up my RN-BSN next month. I am considering going back to school to become an NP, the earliest being fall of 2010. My questions are these, I have only worked peds as an RN, and have no desire to leave peds, if I did an FNP, would this hurt me? I've had other people tell me a PNP will just limit me, but if I have no desire to do adult care, is that going to end up hurting me later on? One program that caught my eye was the University of Maryland's acute care PNP program. Does an acute care program limit you to the acute care setting, or would I still have the option of working in a non-acute setting? Currently my only job experience is on the acute care pediatric medicine floor, dealing mainly with medical patients. Would ICU (PICU) experience be helpful?
It's a big step, and I sure have alot to consider!