Thank you, prematurely for reading this message.
Just bear with me... all of these things are going through my head right now and need ya'll to help me sort them out. I am in the midst of finishing my RN-BSN program and want to go on to pursue a MSN-NP. I have searched and searched and searched... still no answer. I have been working in an ER for 2 years (only been a nurse that long), and at this particular ER, the physician group director has told me if I get my NP he would consider hiring me to work for this group (WOOHOO!). That's great. Big group that staffs two emergency rooms. Here's my problem... I know that I love the ER, granted I have only been a nurse a couple years, but I have had experience in a lot of different specialties... all leading me back to the ER. OKAY, so #1 is decided. I know I want to be in the ER.
#2 - I know that the ER NP program is relatively new (last 5 yrs I believe), and I get all warm and fuzzy on the inside just thinking of the clinical training for this. I love the thought of the ER NP program and feel that it is what I want to do. However, I fear difficulty in finding a job as an ER NP... until I have marketed myself sufficiently in my rural East Texas neighborhoods, anyway. SO, with that in mind, I do not want to have an NP degree just sitting there and not being able to use it. So, that brings me to another question... As an ER NP, would I be able to work, lets say... for a physician that makes rounds in ICU's, IMC's if I could not initially find an ER NP position?? OR should I just get the Acute Care NP degree so I would be covered in both areas? The thing that I do not like about the Acute Care NP degree is that it is only for adults OR kidos, not both. SO, that would limit my ability to treat children in an emergency setting (and I like kids, but not well enough to do just kids).
Am I wearing you out yet?? :chuckle
I am more or less voicing my thoughts because I want to make sure that I make the best decision based upon more information, as this is a huge commitment and directs the remainder of my professional life.
Confirm or dispute: Some employers do not care what your specialty is as long as you have a NP degree? I have been doing some job searches in hopes of enlightenment, which I did not find much, and it just seems that they do not specify what KIND of NP they are hiring. They just say, "graduate from accredited" yadda yadda yadda...
I guess my biggest concern is if I were to do the Emergency NP program, would there be any flexibility in job opportunities other than the ER if I HAD to resort to that?
Thanks so much!