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NP in Hospital Setting (Austin)

Hi

I am currently a pre nursing student and I am planning on completing a 2nd Degree BSN and then hopefully on to a MSN/NP program.

I was wondering if becoming a NP will narrow my chances of finding a job versus a broad MSN? I have read on this forum that NP's are a dime a dozen in Austin, TX - is that really the case?

And, second, is it common to find NP's in a hospital setting? I love the hospital setting, maybe specifically Acute Care.

I have left a message for a local nursing recruiter, but have not heard back yet.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!

juan de la cruz, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in APRN, Adult Critical Care. Has 27 years experience.

I was wondering if becoming a NP will narrow my chances of finding a job versus a broad MSN? I have read on this forum that NP's are a dime a dozen in Austin, TX - is that really the case?

I don't know much about the job outlook in Austin, TX but I would imagine that having the NP would offer more opportunities than a broad MSN. NP's with a MSN degree usually qualify for jobs that are non-NP but require a MSN degree such as nursing education, management, staff development, etc. On the other hand, a nurse with a non-NP MSN does not qualify to be a NP.

And, second, is it common to find NP's in a hospital setting? I love the hospital setting, maybe specifically Acute Care.

You'll have to research your area. NP's in hospital settings are very common where I live and jobs are usually available for new grads.

Hi

I am currently a pre nursing student and I am planning on completing a 2nd Degree BSN and then hopefully on to a MSN/NP program.

I was wondering if becoming a NP will narrow my chances of finding a job versus a broad MSN? I have read on this forum that NP's are a dime a dozen in Austin, TX - is that really the case?

And, second, is it common to find NP's in a hospital setting? I love the hospital setting, maybe specifically Acute Care.

I have left a message for a local nursing recruiter, but have not heard back yet.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Unfortunately the job prospects for primary care NP's in Austin are pretty dismal. However, this may not be the case for Acute Care NP's. I know several NP's who have worked in Austin and they all say it's difficult to find a job and the pay is low. However, these were FNP's practicing in primary care.

I'm not sure what you mean by a "broad" MSN, so you'll have to clarify that. I can't imagine the job prospects are going to be that good for any type of nurse in Austin, except maybe a "specialty" NP. Check out the jobs for GNP's, Acute Care NP's, Psych NP's and Neonatal NP's b/c there's a limited supply of those types of specialties.

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