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PNP first assist?

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by direw0lf direw0lf, BSN (Member) Member Nurse

direw0lf has <1 years experience as a BSN.

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Hi all,

I start grad school this fall at the university of Alabama at Birmingham. At orientation, they told us they would wave the OR hours required to complete a First Assist sub-specialty.

My major is in pediatrics NP and I was interested in the First Assist. However, I think this is a very narrow area for PNPs. Can anyone give me a little feedback please?  Ty.

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PMHNP Man has 7 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Psychiatry.

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You could maybe work for a pediatric surgeon and utilize a dual set of skills, but likely you might find yourself split between FA and PNP careers.  Which pays more?  The answer is there.  😄

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direw0lf has <1 years experience as a BSN.

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7 hours ago, PMHNP Man said:

You could maybe work for a pediatric surgeon and utilize a dual set of skills, but likely you might find yourself split between FA and PNP careers.  Which pays more?  The answer is there.  😄

Thanks for the reply! This might sound foolish but I re-evaluated my reasons for wanting to be an NP..and for the FA I only thought about money and it sounded exciting and impressive but it's not what I want to do as an NP.  I picked a different subspecialty...forensics. It doesn't seem to pay but it's the area I want with pediatrics.

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