I have been thinking way too much about becoming a NP. I currently work in the NICU and babies are all I've ever worked with. Anyways, I am having a very tough time choosing between FNP and ACNP. I know both are very, very different. Sometimes I feel that I would be happy working with babies and children, but I am very scared to work only in the hospital setting. I originally had given thought to go the FNP route, but then, I have never worked with adults.
I already had an interview for an FNP program in the city where I live, but I am required to find my preceptors. The problem is not finding a preceptor, but I would need to precept a pediatrician (ok, no problem), a women's health NP, and an Intensivist! How will I ever find those preceptors if I only work with neonatologists and very seldom do I see a pediatrician.....
On another hand, the ACPNP only requires to precept with pediatricians and pnp's....but then, I would no enjoy very much having to work those 24hr, weekend, and holiday schedules....
Is it possible for ACPNP to work in a clinic setting, maybe something like 4 10hr per week, no weekends, or holidays? That would be great, but then...do jobs like that exist for ACPNP?
I just feel like I am about to pull my hair out
Comments, opinions, and thoughts are welcome...
From my understanding, PNP programs are dwindling with more focus being placed on FNPs in all clinic type settings. I know at my school, only FNP, NNP, and AGNP (Adult-Geri) are now offered. Many other schools are following suit in my area as well.
Also, I believe there are specific programs if you wanted to work in a clinic setting as a PNP (i.e. primary care vs acute care). In general, acute care will not work in a primary care setting such as a clinic and vice versa. There are exceptions, but less so nowadays with clearer lines being drawn for scope of practice for NP specialties.
Last edit by newFNP2015 on Dec 10, '13
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