I am currently a SICU RN in Indianapolis who wants to be an NP. I just don't know which NP program would get me where I want to be.
My "dream job" would be to work in a practice w/ doctors that do reconstructive surgery on patients w/ cleft palates, facial deformities, accident victims, etc. Because this patient population would presumably involve children I would think the only degree that would afford me this scope of practice would be the FNP.
However, I am worried that FNP relegates you only to well person exams and wouldn't let me pursue any kind of surgical/post op job. Please tell me I have been misinformed! I love being an ICU nurse and doing post op care/dressing changes/evals and could see myself providing that kind of service for an MD office.
A couple of friends I work w/ keep trying to convince me that ACNP is where I need to be if I like the surgical component. However, I don't want to be stuck writing tube feed orders and inserting central lines.
Any advice on which degree FNP or ACNP would better be suited to my "dream job"?