I just found out I didn't get accepted into the Acute Care NP program of my choice (at the university hospital where I work on a cards step-down unit). I am really bummed. I'm also trying to figure out what my next step should be. I'm fairly sure that I have decent grades and education but am lacking in experience (no ICU or ED). So I'm considering transferring within the next year to one of those units or applying to the Adult NP program next year at the same school. There are pluses to both those options. I love my unit- I have great coworkers and a great schedule. However, I have always wanted to work in an ICU or ED, and would prefer to become an ACNP to being an ANP. The other option is to look into online programs. I feel like I need to do something soon, since I am in my early thirties (started my nursing career a little late).
Does anyone have any words of wisdom for me? Should I transfer and try to gain experience before reapplying, or would it be wise to look at other programs? Ultimately, I would like to work inpatient or in an acute clinic. I am also nervous about doing school later while starting a family. Let me know what you think!