NICU nurse getting her FNP!! :o

  1. Hey everyone! I am new to the allnurses community- Loving all the info so far...very helpful!
    So here is my question: I am a level 3 NICU nurse with 2.5 years experience. I started as a new grad in the NICU and work in a fantastic teaching hospital system in Southern California, and I LOVE it. However, working nights has gotten the best of me, and I miss my family. So, in pursuit of one of my life goals, I am moving back home to suburban Chicago and starting an MSN program this fall with an FNP specialization. I hope to practice in primary care or dermatology when I finish. (Or whatever strikes my fancy in grad school!) I am beginning to get VERY nervous, however: I have only ever taken care of babies (critically ill babies but still) and I am worried my skills might not be up to par with my classmates'. I am also worried that I might not like it...what if I am only cut out for the NICU?? And is it unrealistic to want to work per diem in NICU after I graduate as well as work full or part-time as an NP? I don't think I will ever be able to completely tear myself away from the babies. As time flies by and my days as a full-time NICU nurse get fewer, I am getting more and more nervous. If any of you have ever been in a similar situation or have any advice/encouragement/guidance, I would be so grateful!!!! THANK YOU!!!!! and NURSES ROCK!! <3<3<3
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    About MegNICURN

    Joined: Jun '10; Posts: 2; Likes: 1
    Neonatal ICU RN; from US
    Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience in level III NICU


  3. by   traumaRUs
    Congrats on pursuing your dream!

    Have you considered a NNP program? One of the staff, SteveNNP just graduated - you might want to contact him.

    FNP is more of a generalist type of NP - caring for all ages. At least in IL, its the most marketable degree.

    Working prn as an RN AFTER you are an NP is risky because you are held to the standard of the highest license you hold. You might want to do a search on this topic - we've had several threads on it.

    Best wishes.
  4. by   MegNICURN
    Thanks for the reply! I have thought a lot about getting my NNP, but seeing the role of an NNP firsthand for the past almost 3 years has made me choose otherwise. While I love and admire our NNP's, I do not think I am cut out for their job. I would rather be bedside in the NICU than be an NNP. That is why I am hoping primary care will be a better fit for me! Thanks for the encouragement!
  5. by   greatgirl123
    dont ever doubt your self, but ur right, you know whats right for you. also.. there are many NPs, that work as RNs in their second jobs... it doesn't affect the scope of practice at all.. well not in new york...
    good luck..
    only you know whats best for you.. check all options..
    I work in MICU, adults, and I enrolled in the FNP program, but i'm nervous because i haven't taken care of children since nursing school, 8 years ago.. yikes...
  6. by   traumaRUs
    Scope of practice does count in ALL states: you are held to the level of the highest-held license that you hold.