I've received an acceptance for an ABSN program and an entry level MSN FNP program and am having a difficult time deciding.
I like the idea of the ABSN because it's only 12 months, I'd get to work as an RN to gain experience and figure out what I want to do in nursing, and then apply for an MSN for some type of APRN degrees while working part time.
The ELMSN-FNP route looks enticing because it's 3.5 years and I'll graduate with an FNP. I'd get financial aid and scholarships
that cover a huge chunk of the tuition. However, I have several concerns about whether or not FNP is the route for me. I haven't done any clinicals yet so it's difficult to say that I'm definitely interested in being a family nurse practitioner. I feel like I wouldn't know what I would be interested in until I start nursing school
. Also, I'm scared about how it limits me in terms of where I would work in the future as an FNP. What if I really like working as a peds/NICU/L&D nurse or just some really specialized area? Would I have to go back and get another certification? Or would I still be able to get hired for those positions?
Any advice would be helpful! Thank you!!