I'm new to the forum as of last night. I must say, there are a lot of very interesting conversations going on and I believe this forum will prove quite informative. Having said that, I really need some input regarding a couple of NP specialty tracks I'm considering and what I can anticipate from them.
I will be matriculating into a graduate ACNP program this fall at Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt offers a couple of specialized tracks through its ACNP program that interest me--emergency medicine and cardiothoracic first assist. I've been vacillating back and forth trying to make a decision regarding which one to pursue. I guess I could really benefit from some of you giving me some feedback.
Here's what I've been tossing around in my male-pattern balding little head:
Pros of CV first assistant:
Best of both worlds--extensive patient interaction and the ability to participate in highly technical procedures. Perhaps more opportunities to work in private practice vs. for hospital? Probably better earnings potential?
Cons of CV first assitant:
Probably fewer job opportunities. Long hours and extensive call. Probably not as much diversity of disease/populace.
Pros of ER:
Probably more available positions. Probably more opportunities in hospitals, but still opportunties in private practice. Could easily re-direct into other sub-specialties if interest comes along. Probably better hours? Lots of diversity in patient care--never know what's coming through the door next.
Cons of ER:
Probably more patient interaction at the cost of less involvement in technical procedures. Probably less earning potential?
I would really appreciate any feedback offered. Are my pros/cons realistic expectations, or are there things I'm missing? This is all I've been able to come up with so far and I feel like there's something I'm overlooking, but I just can't pinpoint what it is.
There is absolutely no problem finding work as a CV-RNFA but you would also have an NP so that even improves your work outlook. You would be better situated than many others becasue you also won't be the new kid on the block in terms of CV. And that can make quite a difference in the person that is going to hire you.
Last edit by suzanne4 on May 13, '04