This is my first time posting on this page. I have long read these posts and am now in need of some help myself. I currently work as an RN in inpatient Neurology medsurg/tele/PCU. I am currently enrolled part time in an FNP DNP program, I am in my 3rd semester. From age 13 to pretty much 21 I strongly wanted to become a midwife, it was the whole reason I went into nursing school. I ended up swearing off this path after my maternity rotation in school because the nurses at my clinical placement were very cold, pushed me away, and seemed fairly uninterested. I instead decided to become an FNP as this would allow me to do a little bit of everything, which I also like.
So here lies the problem. Lately, I have noticed in my FNP courses, all my topics of choice for projects have been women's health focused. I miss this area of interest and long to be imersed in it again. I have begun speaking with a midwife to understand more about the profession and have the idea to possibly switch from FNP to a midwife track, if I am admitted. I am unsure if it is wise to jump in head first to a midwife program and stop FNP all together or if I should finish out my FNP track and then midwifery (I finish FNP in 2024... very long.. but get doctorate) OR if I should attempt to find a dual program in midwifery and womens health NP. Also curious on if I should switch my current job to somewhere maternity related and if so how soon.
I would appreciate any feed back, thoughts and ideas, or questions, especially from nurse midwives or those in school. Thank you all so much in advance 🙂