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NP or Perfusionist?

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by PiperPickles12 PiperPickles12 (New) New

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I'm currently a CT Surgery post-op nurse and previously worked in general medicine (which I was very happy to get out of, but appreciate the amount of knowledge I got from it). I'm at the point where I'd like to start looking into careers to further myself (and maybe my paycheck). 

Question is: Do I look into NP schools or into Perfusion schools? It seems like perfusion schools are few and far between (there's actually one in my state), which may increase job security for me (not that nursing isn't secure). My hospital works with perfusionists closely and our NPs predominantly take care of patients post-op, but still have to report to the cardiac surgeon. (In Medicine, it was mostly the attending you reported to). 

I'm not sure if I want to be stuck in one career for the rest of my life or have the opportunity to change specialties if I desired. I'm also selfish and not sure if I want to continue working weekends, holidays, and nights. (Hospital life). The great (and stressful) thing about nursing is that there are so many opportunities out there, but I can't seem to figure out what I want for the future. I know I'd like to have more responsibility patient-care wise. I don't mind the bedside nursing so much, but I know that I may grow tired of it in maybe 10 years (ha!)

Sorry for the long rant, but I'm hoping that at least one person can help point me in the right direction. Thank you!

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deliverator has 11 years experience as a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in Family medicine, Cardiology.

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Hi, I'm a cardiac NP. I would say, if you wanted more options in your career, become an NP. I work with three interventional cardiologists and a heart failure specialist. Prior to that I did a year of family medicine. Was 11 years as a bedside RN doing tele, emergency, med-surg, and spinal cord injury. Did outpatient cardiology for a year as well becoming proficient with cardiac stress tests.

Personally, I'm glad to be out of the hospital setting. I'm strictly outpatient follow up, simple consults, and run the stress lab. M-F, no weekends and holidays. I actually get to spend time with my kids now. 

I'm learning to read ECHOs, getting better at ECG interpretation, and getting better at medical management of cardiac patients. One of my coworkers is a PA with cardiothoracic surgery and assists in surgery as well as hospital rounding and post op follow up. 

I think adult acute care NP would probably fit with what you are looking for.

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