I am applying to Master's Entry programs to become a nurse practitioner and we have to choose a specialty before school starts. I want to work in hospitals with pediatric patients. I already have some experience with pediatrics. I definitely do not want to just do check ups and diagnose colds. So I was thinking I would become a pediatric oncology np or palliative care pediatric np or acute care np or something along those lines.
But at work last week the NP was telling me that if you are the specialized you really limit yourself job wise. She was saying that as a FNP you can work on a peds floor in a hospital or at a pediatric hospital, but if you super specialize it's harder to find jobs so she suggested I do family. But I really prefer to work with pediatric patients. Should I just become a pediatric nurse practitioner? From what I've read that's mostly primary care and not really hospital centered and I am really not interested in working in a school or a clinic. Or is she right that I can become a pediatric nurse practitioner and still work on a peds oncology floor or something?
Basically what should I specialize in if I want to work in a hospital with pediatric patients with more serious illnesses, but still having the opportunity to find a job anywhere?