I'm currently enrolling in an ACNP program and am thrilled with my decision. I've been a critical care nurse for some time and love it. I truly can't imagine myself specializing in anything else. That is where my heart is.
However, I can't help coming back to the fact that I very well may be more marketable as a FNP. As we all know, there is an extreme shortage in primary care practitioners and I feel like there may be more opportunities there.
I ideally see myself working in an acute care setting (possibly in a hospitalist role) or with a cardiac/pulmonary specialist who will give me some autonomy. I fear though that this is just a dream. To be honest, most ACNP that work in my facility or for specialists in my facility spend most of their day dictating H&Ps and writing progress notes. This doesn't seem appealing to me at all. I want to be involved in my patients care in a more direct way.
ACNPs out there...are you satisfied with your role? Am I going to have the kind of autonomy and direct input on care that I want to have? Or will I be better off going with a FNP program...where I know I'll be needed and can even practice on my own depending on what state I live in?
Any input is appreciated.