For about a year I've been working as a RN on a 30-bed med/surg unit (post renal transplant and orthopedic) in an urban 926-bed Trauma 1 hospital.
I'm interested in going back to school to get my Master's. But I can't get started because I can't decide on a program!
I know one thing for certain: I'm interested in endocrinology/diabetes management.
I enjoy the fast-paced acute care setting so I've considered Acute Care NP/CNS. Newly diagnosed diabetes, ICU admissions, DKA, HHS, endocrine disorders, etc. Awesome! I would love to do consults and education. But I feel like I'm already developing HTN & GERD from being stressed out...
Then I think I would love to have time/freedom to build long-lasting relationships with patients and families, to address psycho-social issues surrounding chronic illness diagnoses. That leads me to FNP programs. But I'm afraid I'd get bored/frustrated in an outpatient clinic...lack of autonomy/time/resources/support...
What have been your experiences as Acute Care NPs/CNS's? As Primary Care NP's? What have been some of the rewarding and frustrating aspects of your job? Do you prefer inpatient or outpatient? Do you have a job that allows you to work in both settings? Peds or adults?
I want to make sure I'm realistic and CLEAR about my future career goals before I get started on this very long journey...
You could try just taking some grad level classes as a nondegree seeking student (like adv pharm, patho...) and get more experience in other areas of the hospital (ICU). I work in a CICU and they use NPs and that made me realize I do not want that for my life.
Last edit by ryguyRN on Jun 13, '13
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