I currently have about 1.5 years left in my ACNP program in Chicago. After I graduate, I plan on moving back to the Bay Area where my family is. I currently work in a cardiac surgery and transplant ICU at a large academic hospital. My passion is cardiac surgery. I would LOVE to be a cardiac surgery NP. From my online research, I see that the big medical centers like UCSF, Stanford and Kaiser all have CVICU NP positions. Does anyone know if smaller hospitals use ACNPs? Seems like a lot use PAs. Do ACNPs typically work for the hospitals or medical groups? Also, does anyone have advice for a new grad ACNP for applying to jobs? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!! I know I still have some time but I just want to know what I am up against. Thanks in advance!