I am in the process of applying for grad school to be admitted to a FNP program. I have about 2 years of adult med/surg experience but absolutely no work experience with pediatric patients. I remember feeling nervous during my peds and ob clinicals during undergrad when I had to care for the young ones.
I have chosen to purse a FNP degree (rather than just an Adult NP)because of the marketability and I do want to learn more about peds. However, I have a feeling that I will always prefer adults to peds.
Are there FNPs out there that feel the same way I do? Do any FNPs have jobs where the focus is geared towards adults than peds? Just curious...
Jul 1, '09
i'm not an fnp, but i am going to start the fnp program in the fall. my advisor told me that it doesnt matter whether you come into the program without peds, ob/gyn, etc. you're gonna learn all that anyway. she also told me that there are MANY students who don't know how to do a well child exam or a newborn exam, for example but there will be plenty of opportunities learn how to do one. (which i am excited about!!!) my advice to you is dont worry about the fact u dont have any peds experience. there are many people in the program who either come from a med/surg background (like yourself), an ob/gyn, or peds background. i feel that WE ALL have something to learn in the program.
Jul 1, '09
I am currently completing the peds part of my fnp program, dont let it deter you, I have limited peds exposure, just find yourself a great preceptor, thats what will make or break peds. I am really enjoying it which is a huge surprise to me. !
Jul 1, '09
I wouldn't worry abut it at all. When I began my FNP I had absolutely zero adult medicine experience. I had worked in maternal child and management only! It may have been marginally more difficult for me since I encountered many meds for the first time, but for the most part primary care is very different from acute care. I don't think you will have any problem. I do agree with the other poster though, a good preceptor is key!
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