I'm in an FNP program. My clinical coordinator said that she plans on placing me in an urgent care setting. While we will rotate through several kinds of clinical sites, we will have a "home" site where we will do a larger part of our clinical rotations. It looks like urgent care will be mine, unless I request a switch.
1. Will urgent care provide me with good preparation for primary family practice? Or is it more similar to acute care, in terms of the disorders seen and treated? My concern is that, like ER nursing, this experience may prepare me for a specific kind of NP practice and not for a more general preventative care/ ongoing primary care practice.
2. What kind of clinical setting would give me the widest variety in terms of patient population and disorder while keeping within the scope of FNP practice?
I've already determine that I will probably not be happy in my NP career unless there is variety and a slightly faster pace. I like the idea of being autonomous, provided that I've received adequate training. I'm in California, so total autonomy is not an option at present.
I really appreciate any insight!