Thanks for the great info and advice, everyone!
No, I'm still in love with NICU.. In fact, I'm only a few months into my new NNP role. And still loving it.
I am looking ahead, I guess. My hospital offers a pretty hefty tuition reimbursement program, and I want to take advantage of that while I am here in NYC. The program at Columbia is simply a subspecialty, and doesn't confer another MSN degree. The problem I have with that, is that I am currently limited to caring for children ages 0-2 with my NNP training, and adding a subspecialty wouldn't extend my scope of practice without additional NP training.
I've always had a special place in my heart for HIV/AIDS care. Some of my fondest clinical memories were at the HIV clinic I spent a few weeks at during nursing school. I'm currently volunteering as an intake clinician at GMHC here in NYC, and enjoy it. Also just finished a book called "The Band Played On" by Randy Shilts. A chilling and fascinating book about the history of the AIDS epidemic, from its jump from simian to human up until the book was written in the late 80s.
It hurts me to know that there are tens of millions of people living with/dying of HIV/AIDS worldwide. And that there is no cure. Babies are still getting it. Women are now the fastest growing segment of the population who are contracting it, powerless to control their exposure in many cases. I want to do something about it.
HIV is a fascinating virus from a scientific standpoint. It intrigues me
I don't plan on leaving behind my babies in NICU. Tried that once, and it didn't last. I do, however want to expand my scope of practice to be able to add in some time caring for those living with HIV/AIDS, as well as expand my scientific knowledge about the disease.