I just recently completed my pre-requisites to apply to the accelerated RN and NP programs across the country (my B.S. is in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology). Now that I'm ready to apply, I'm having a hard time figuring out if it's worth the financial investment to go the 3 year NP route over the 12-month RN route. I love patient care, and although I can see myself in some type of managerial role one day, I'd love to spend 2-3 decades in ICU/CCU stuff first. Now, do I stick to getting the RN and get some experience for a while first or get the NP out of the way?
I'm not sure where exactly NPs live in the hospital. For my EMT clinical, I shadowed in the ER, and there were only physicians and RNs. I've also been volunteering for over a year in telemetry at a local hospital, and there are no NPs that I know of. So wanting to deal with critical care like I do, can I be an NP and accomplish that?
Any help is appreciated!!
Oh one more question. Top choice school is UCSF, but they require you to choose a specialty in the application: Acute Care Pediatric NP, Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP, FNP, and Pediatric NP. Most other accelerated NP programs are strictly FNP. Is it best to do FNP as it's most comprehensive??
Thanks ahead of time for your help!