You shouldn't feel too put off. Only a handful in my class wanted to go the APN route. Most wanted to do things like: Wound Care, Dialysis, Corrections, LTC, Child Psych, Adult Psych, ER, etc...
Some wanted to be RNs. Some want to remain LVNs.
I don't even know the sort of speciality that I'd like to concentrate on. I like LTC. I LOVE Psych. I've always wanted to go to the ER. The ICU would be nice. I could learn lots of things in Wound Care. I also like 'disaster nursing'...a throwback to my days in the military where we did hurrican relief missions. OB-GYN seems interesting...but so does working for a plastic surgeon....
I don't know what I want to be. LOL
I have all of these interests, but difficulty narrowing everything down. At this point? I'm just grabbing at experience wherever I can get it.
Even if I had a clear plan, I'd still want at least a decade of solid nursing experience under my belt.
Whether I'm management, a Specialist or an NP, I'd want the other nurses to trust me. Trust my judgement and abilities. Trust that, although I'm management, I'm not one of them and I'll back my nurses up b/c I was one of them and I know 'how it is'.
...and that won't come easily if they've been nursing 5-30 years and here I come, having fast-tracked my way to an MSN in under 2. I'm just 'suit' with RN credentials, more or less. Why would they
My degree and concentration? Well:
--- I've always liked management, but the bloom's off the rose. Kind of.
--- I've always hated the OR. So, CRNA is likely out. It's really not my cup of tea.
I will get my RN and BSN and pay out of pocket. (another headache) I will get my master's. (yet, another headache)
So...it boils down to CNS or NP. If I stick with Psych? I'd definitely be an NP.
For other specialties? I believe that CNS nurses still get to bedside work. They seem to have more flexibility, too.
So, that's a bonus.
I'd like to progress, but I don't want to be so far removed from the pts, y'know?
I think I like bedside nursing. Of course, I'm 'new' to it all, so everything would be roses. But, it's...good. Even my bad days and yesterday, I had something of a poor day. Well, in my opinion.
I'm just...content at this moment. I do 'good work'. Nursing is a respectable/honorable profession...and the public loves nurses. This is going to be my life's work. I'm just glad that I finally found what seems like it's going to be my niche.
I'm thinking that I could really come to love this nursing thing.
So, I'm playing it by ear. Wherever I find myself is wherever I find myself.