I'm currently a nursing student, graduating in a few months with my BSN. I went into nursing school with the goal of becoming a nurse practitioner, and have kept with the same interests throughout clinicals - either Psychiatric/Mental Health or Dermatology. I enjoy both fields immensely and would happily be an NP in either one, but I'm actually MORE interested in Dermatology. If there was a such thing as a dermatology NP program I'd go right into it. Unfortunately, from what I've read and seen, you essentially become a family NP, hope that you can get a job in a dermatology office, work there for a long time, then apply to take an exam and become dermatology certified. It seems risky, and if I can't find a dermatology job I would be stuck working in a field I didn't like as well, such as primary care.
So my question is: any dermatology certified NPs out there want to tell me how hard their journey was? Anyone with any advice? I feel as if I may just have to go with the PMHNP program because I really don't want to risk being in a field I don't enjoy.