I like the academic and critical thinking part of nursing, but I feel that I don't use it as much working as a floor and even an icu nurse. I also would like some autonomy. So....I am seriously considering of getting an NP. I just don't know what specialty/field. I know I would like to work in a community type setting, geriatrics, or special needs, but I haven't really had much exposure with this population. Does my desire to be an NP enough of a reason for me to pursue getting my MSN or should i get more exposure first before I even apply? How about you NPs out there? When you first applied for an MSN, did you know you wanted the NP track? Did you have an idea of what population you want to work with? Thanks in advance.