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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this - as a mother of a three-year-old, I was grateful for the warning. It took me three days to read anything but your initial post, and I'm crying right now! When you mentioned how cold he was I was hopeful. I am the opposite of religious, but I can't think of anything closer to a miracle than you being present to start CPR right away. Lots and lots of hugs!
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    FNP vs AGACNP? Need help deciding.

    I am the sole breadwinner for our family of 5 - my 2 stepchildren and our daughter. My husband is a stay-at-home dad. I can't take off the time even for the didactic portion of the program. I have thought about it. :) FNP or AGACNP both would let me work while completing the degree. I am leaning towards the AGACNP, that's where my passion lies - I can always be a nocturnist for a year to get NP experience, and then relocate to be a hospitalist on days in a critical access hospital. And maybe get an FNP post-grad certificate for more versatility. Thank you for your reply!
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    FNP vs AGACNP? Need help deciding.

    I'm currently a critical care nurse and I love it - I love codes and vents and really sick patients. I am trying to decide between AGACNP vs FNP - I feel like as an AGACNP I may be more superfluous in the critical care environment, and I cannot work nights again and don't want to be a nocturnist/hospitalist. As an FNP I could work in the ER, and still have that critical care experience while also seeing more urgent care/primary care needs. However, I have *no* ER experience as an RN. Autonomy is high on my list of priorities. My mother passed away last November. I had planned to become a nurse practitioner to help take care of her because she was terrified to go to the doctor and refused to go. She was only 59. Her passing is my main impetus for doing this now - time is so short! I would like to be the kind of health care provider she would not have been afraid of. She had Asperger's syndrome and agoraphobia, and severe COPD and heart disease. I would love input from anyone currently working in these fields. Thank you very much in advance! Jamie RN, CCRN