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Hi all.

I am a third year BSN student in Indiana. This past semester I have been trying to make some decisions for my future career and creating a plan for moving forward. I know that I want to go on to graduate school and I know that I want to be an NP. However, I have some questions that I can't seem to find a clear answer to.

I currently work as an RN extern in an ICU, and it is my love. I think that I truly want to do ICU nursing and that leads me to believe an ACNP program best fits my passion. However, when I think of my future, I know that I want to have a children. I worry that I won't be able to have the type of shift/hours that I need and want to fit my life once that happens. I have many friends who are FNPs and I envy their schedules-- I like the idea of one day being able to switch to outpatient work in order to raise a family on a more regular schedule. I guess my question is which of these two NP programs best fits what I am describing? Could an ACNP easily find an outpatient job (for example, I love pulmonology and would love to one day work at an outpatient pulm clinic if that is possible). I am doubtful that an FNP would fit in an ICU role but I have met FNPs in the hospital who work at hospitalists so I am seeking clarification.

I just want to hear input from others and how their experience with NP/finding the role that fits in their life. If anyone has anything to share, please do! :)

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Numenor has 8 years experience as a MSN, NP and specializes in Internal Medicine.

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On 4/6/2020 at 5:11 PM, nursing2021 said:

Hi all.

I am a third year BSN student in Indiana. This past semester I have been trying to make some decisions for my future career and creating a plan for moving forward. I know that I want to go on to graduate school and I know that I want to be an NP. However, I have some questions that I can't seem to find a clear answer to.

I currently work as an RN extern in an ICU, and it is my love. I think that I truly want to do ICU nursing and that leads me to believe an ACNP program best fits my passion. However, when I think of my future, I know that I want to have a children. I worry that I won't be able to have the type of shift/hours that I need and want to fit my life once that happens. I have many friends who are FNPs and I envy their schedules-- I like the idea of one day being able to switch to outpatient work in order to raise a family on a more regular schedule. I guess my question is which of these two NP programs best fits what I am describing? Could an ACNP easily find an outpatient job (for example, I love pulmonology and would love to one day work at an outpatient pulm clinic if that is possible). I am doubtful that an FNP would fit in an ICU role but I have met FNPs in the hospital who work at hospitalists so I am seeking clarification.

I just want to hear input from others and how their experience with NP/finding the role that fits in their life. If anyone has anything to share, please do! 🙂

FNP hospitalists are rare in any urban setting or they are grandfathered. Do ACNP, you can do some outpatient as well.

I did a residency for ACNPs, 80-90 hour weeks for a year...good times...LOL

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