I have finally decided that I want to steer my career into the direction of Nurse Practitioner, but I have questions!
The biggest question would be what kind of education should I seek?
My goal is to work in the hospital setting as an Acute Care NP (preferably in a Cardiac population) as I really do enjoy inpatient services. While schooling for ACNP would seem like the way to go, I have gotten mixed opinions on which education to pursue.
On one hand, I was told ACNP schooling would be preferred if you want to work in an inpatient setting, but it severely limits you if you ever want to branch out to outpatient as it is a very narrow field.
On the other hand, I have been told FNP schooling can allow you to work inpatient, but it also is broad enough to allow you to branch out.
Speaking to the Cardiothoracic NP resident on my unit, she explained to me that she has her FNP, but they hired her as an ACNP because she has 5+ years experience as an ICU floor nurse. This answer just further complicates my decision.
Additionally, what kind of accreditation should I be looking for when looking for schools
What opinions do you have on education for NP? What would be most beneficial to me to work in an inpatient setting? Thank you all for your help!