Hello! I'm new to this forum! I have questions and need info to figure out which nursing path to take. I'm interested in working in surgical units (med/surg or er) as a first assistant surgical nurse and want to specialize in it. I also want little or no bedside caring. Should I become a med/surg clinical nurse specialist or a nurse practitioner that specializes in surgery (is there such a thing and if so what are they called?). I know I want to obtain a msn degree, there's no doubt in my mind. Soooo I guess what I want to know is, what area or department is the best place for me and what kind of nurse should I be? I've read that clinical nurse specialists usually teach/oversee units/staffs. Is this true? If that's the case, that's definitely not what I want to do, as for now.Also, does the high level of stress and load of work in the med/surg or ER as a cns or np worth it in means of salary? Thank you!!!! Also, do I have to do a lot of bedside care in the med/surg department? Is it possible to just assist with surgery and not deal with patient care? (sounds cold, but can't help it if I'm curious)Lastly, will the extra studying (msn degree and specialization in surgery) and high level of stress be worth it in terms of how much you make? I know it's a lot of questions, but I need answers =) Thank you!!!