Quote from AlisonBSN
I'm a new BSN grad, and I'm starting the 2-year NP program next month. I would assume that a Med/Surg background would be preferred for NPs, but I have the oppurtunity to work in the OR, which is what I'd rather do. I work on the Med/Surg floor now as a tech and I REALLY don't like it. I hope to do lots of different things with my degree, but I don't want to mess up by specializing so early on... and I doubt my OR knowledge would be related to things in the NP field.
So...What type of nursing background is preferred for Nurse Practitioners? Or does it even matter? And to all the NPs...what's your pre-NP experience?
Maybe I should switch to Clinical Nurse Specialist...any suggestions?
Hello, AlisonBSN and welcome to allnurses.com
traumaRUs is correct. You need to decide what specialty area you enjoy. Also, you need to see just exactly what your area will bear. Some are over-saturated with certain specialty areas and others do not consider certain specialty areas at all. In my area, the FNP is in large demand, but the ACNP, PNP, NNP are not.
No, Med-Surg is not a blanket preference. If you are interested in peds and PNP, then you need to seek a position in peds/PICU. Or, if your interests lie in women's health, a position in OB/GYN. If you prefer emergency care, then work in the ED/trauma ED and seek the ACNP/trauma NP/CNS. I started out OB-GYN NP and later added FNP so I could be more marketable. There are programs with dual certifications in specialty areas and programs for dual NP/CNS, too.
Good luck with your decision/s. And, glad to have you here with us. Enjoy the site.