I have been and L&D and SCN RN for the almost 8 yrs now. I got my BSN because I became a RN with the goal of becoming a midwife. Now, don't get me wrong, I LOVE all aspects maternal-neonatal nursing. I also know in my heart, and with my experience, that the schedule of a CNM is not for me and my family.
Since my APRN dreams have shifted away from midwifery, I am trying to decide if FNP is right for me. I really don't know if I have a "passion" for outpatient NP work, like I do for L&D now. Also, more than clinical practice, I would love to be an educator.
Should I "suck it up" and complete a FNP program, get practical experience and go back to get postMasters cert in education? Is there any way to complete a practitioner and educator program concurrently? And do I even WANT to put myself through that? (I'd like to add that I'm 29 and have four kids under the age of 7, and financially MUST work at least 24hrs/week while doing any kind of school work.) I find myself in a position where I feel like I've become so comfortable in my current work life, that I'm really scared to make the "wrong" investment in my career, and then wishing I had never left my "nest"- unfortunately, it isn't unusual where I work to hear APRNs claim that they wish they had never gone back to school
I would appreciate hearing from NPs and educators, as well as current MSN students in either track. What does your work life balance look like? What do you wish you had known about your chosen path before you started?