I'm starting an FNP program (part-time) this fall, and plan to finish over 3-5 years. I will have the opportunity to get clinical hours at a small-town clinic, a larger area hospital (also my employer), a larger clinic with internal med and family practice opportunities, a low-income clinic, and rather rural settings. I'm torn at the moment when I think of what I want in the future - a hospitalist-type role, a rural FNP position with some loan payback possibilities, home-town clinic, etc - of course, that would be if the opportunities are there when I graduate.
I want to take advantage of a variety of settings for clinicals to help me decide what I want when I'm done. Because I'm going a PT route, I'd like to do the majority of hours, or last 2 semesters, where I'd like to work when I'm all done with the process. Then again, I don't want to ignore a good clinical experience early on or get stuck in a 100+ hour clinical in an area I don't want to be towards the end when I could use that time to build relationships in another setting.
Could you share your clinical experiences with me and also how that worked with your eventual employment opportunities / current position? Did you vary your clinicals, or do them all within the same area / system? Is it better when interviewing to have a broad base of clinical experiences, or a more focused experience? What prepared you best for your current setting? Am I thinking too far ahead (I do tend to over-plan, however that hasn't exactly hurt me in the past)??
Thanks in advance!