I've just started my school nursing position, before this I turned down an opportunity to work in pediatric LTC and I might regret a little bit if it hurts my chance to be a competent PNP-PC. So far I enjoy being a school nurse. I love working in a community setting, and I have a strong interest in advancing my degree to PNP for primary care. I am planning to still work as a PNP in a community setting, especially in low income neighborhoods, if God's willing. Prior to the school nursing position, I mainly worked with adults and geriatric patients for 17 months and I am still doing PRN position as an RN, working in a daycare for kids with special needs, starting from infants to teenagers who are developmentally delayed.
I originally thought to pursue an FNP degree for flexibility in job searching because FNP can examine newborns to adults. However, being a school nurse makes me realize that I love working with kids and nothing is more rewarding than seeing kids growing up and involving family in their care. Hence, I am thinking to apply PNP instead of FNP.
However, I also wonder at the same time if my experience as a school nurse is sufficient to be a PNP- Primary Care? Thank you for responding 🙂