I am really into a dilemma with my own life. I can't decide what I want to do? I am working in a level 1 ER which is very stressful, I am applying to NP program within the next year. I have always had dreams of being an Acute Care NP in a BIG ER. Now I have doubts! I don't know....I am planning to move back home in Eastern, KY after my husband finishes Medical School. There are no trauma centers in Eastern, KY...therefore I don't believe there would be a job for a ACNP. I am interested in Family Practice as well...I don't know. Please give me advice on the benefits of both specialties as well as what you enjoy with being a NP?
Nov 10, '06
Hello, level1 trauma RN,
Have you considered working as an RN for a while in a couple of specialty areas other than the ED to see if this generates interest in areas that would support your securing the FNP specialty? Might help in the decision process.
You need to see what the area where you will live will support. Weigh the pros and cons of each specialty track. You might do the FNP for you can always do a post grad certificate later in another specialty.
Nov 10, '06
Hi and welcome. I worked at a level one trauma center in central IL for 10 years and loved it. I do feel your pain. It really takes a couple of years to feel comfortable in a level one.
I do agree with Siri - you want to make yourself as marketable as possible without being in a narrow focus. How many years until your husband is done? That might help your decide the order of events too.
I know you are a new nurse, but after a year or so, you might want to branch out and try something new, maybe even just shadowing another RN in another unit. I know that my ER experience has really helped my assessment skills for my patients now. I know when there is an emerency and when something can wait. I will always be grateful to the ER for those skills.
You need to also consider since your husband might not get the residency he first requests, that you want to be as employable as possible. My ER does not hire mid-levels because they want the residents to have the widest experiences possible. (I don't agree with this policy but of course must abide by it). So...maybe an FNP would give you more marketability, especially if you move.
Hope this helps.