May I please get some of your valued opinions/advice? I am about to graduate from a BSN program. It's my second degree and I have had the opp to start a med program (1 year) but decided that the FNP was a better choice due to the huge cost of the med education.
I have also shadowed NP's in an all NP clinic for over a month recently. In my humble opinion, there is no comparison between being an NP and working one on one with clients and being an RN in say, med/surg, or pretty much any other department.
Here's my question:
As I work on my FNP, would it be unwise to work in the OR (part-time)? I would also like to work per diem for an underserved clinic maybe one weekend per month doing more direct care patient type activities. No offense to any that like bedside nursing, but I have found it to be unfulfilling personally and full things I do not care to do.
I'm concerned that gaining most of my experience in the OR would translate into not being able to get an FNP job that consisted of regular, one on one patient contact. On the other hand, perhaps it would lend itself at least to doing first assist work?
Sorry for such a lengthy message. My best to all of you nurses out there. So, what do you all think?