Please clarify for yourself whether your instructor is an acute
NP or a primary care
NP. Sounds like she may be the acute care version.
Where I am studying for my MSN, some of the available tracks are: adult primary care NP, adult acute care NP, peds primary care NP, peds acute care NP. Yes, the people in the acute care tracks are all ICU or NICU type nurses now, and passionate about what they do.
Primary care is kinda different. It's all about the prevention. Screenings, immunizations, education, chronic conditions...some urgent care things, the non-ER complaints. Yes, the complicated cardiac patients get referred to a specialist. I think of acute care providers as being specialists for what lands a person in ICU.
I hope that helps.
Congratulation! Best wishes in figuring out what you want to be when you grow up.