I have an ADN and I have been working labor and delivery for the past 5 months and am completing cross training in the OR next week. I've had prior experience in family practice, which I absolutely loved, unfortunately the money in a family practice clinic doesn't compare to what I earn in surgery and labor and delivery.
I'm currently evaluating my educational and career plans and need some advice/input. I've wanted to get my MSN and become a family nurse practitioner and return to my first love, but I'm concerned with earning potential and what I'm beginning to perceive as an oversaturation (at least in my area) of NPs. It just seems like you can't swing a cat without hitting some kind of NP or NP owned clinic.
I've been looking into alternatives....I'm pretty sure I'm going to get my BSN (though I've considered other degrees such as public health).
I guess where I'm waffling is on the higher level degree. I'd love to work with public health policy/education - one of my favorite aspects of family practice and L&D is health promotion and education. I've also considered clinical education in a hospital or working as an instructor at a nursing school.
It's been advised to me so far that I should continue with my original plan and become a NP since I could work in clinical practice, teach, or work in public health. I guess the idea is that a MSN with a family practice specialization provides the most flexible career options.
What are your experiences and education levels? I'm curious about other nurses' takes on higher education and advancement in the profession. I appreciate any thoughts.