So, I've done quite a bit of soul searching. Here's a few thoughts I've been toiling with, and some possible plans I've mapped out to help me reach my goals.
I considered the Educator role/preparation for a bit. However, I don't think it meets my needs at this time. My reasoning is that I'd like to choose a program that will allow the most flexibility with employment, including clinical practice AND teaching options (even if that teaching is just a basic A&P class every now and then, for extra money and a change of pace).
As such, I've decided on the NP route.
What do you all think of these possible "game plans"?
a.) Acute Care NP with a post-graduate certificate in FNP
b.) FNP with a post-graduate certificate in Acute Care NP
I just can't picture myself fully happy in JUST the office or JUST the hospital... which makes me think I should just create a plan that incorporates both. There's hardly any Dual-Certified programs out there in the adult realm for Primary and Acute care, so I'll just make one myself with a Post-Grad certificate. Hahaha.
Anyway, I'd love to hear what your thoughts are! Also, if you care to share what kind of jobs/areas you work in, I'd love to hear about it.
Will report back with my experiences shadowing! Thanks for your responses. :)