I'm having major stresses over choosing which NP track to take.
This isn't so much the typical "Adult or FNP?" question. It comes down to the fact that if I know my preferred population is the elderly, I should go for gerontology, period. I don't like the idea of trying to cram knowledge about every lifespan into my brain - I'd rather really specialize and get really good at what I truly want to do.
And thanks to reading archives on here and my internet surfing, I know all about the changes to the adult-gero certification that are coming up.
I don't like that it's been split into primary and acute care, now.
My knee-jerk reaction is to go for primary care because that's ultimately what I want to do. But my fear is that there aren't going to be any jobs. It seems like most of the jobs out there are in hospital settings. Before I knew of the changes, I figured I'd look for that primary care dream job, but likely work in a hospital in the interim.
Am I going to be unable to do that with the new certifications? Do you think this is going to limit career options? Depending on which you choose, you can work in an inpatient setting or a primary care office, but not both?
Also, which track do you think hospice/palliative care would fall under? Primary care or acute?
I wasn't sure where else to go for these answers. Thank you in advance.