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Switching Specialties as an NP Student?

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by Nurse_Lo Nurse_Lo, BSN (New) New

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Hi! This is my first post. I am currently in a DNP Midwifery program and have been thinking a lot. While I love midwifery I have a hard time staying motivated in it. My heart isn’t in it and I have been thinking about switching to the FNP specialty within my school. I figured that I do love midwifery but I want to be able to do more outside of women’s health as well.


I am wondering if this is something that is looked down upon? I want to speak with the director about this but I don’t know how she would respond to it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! 

 

xoxo

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umbdude has 3 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Psych/Mental Health.

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Generally, schools don't like people switching specialty and it's uncertain whether you can guarantee a spot. They'll likely want to know the discrepancy between your love for midwifery and the inability to remain motivated in studying it, and whether the same will happen once you switch to FNP. But you'll only find out if you ask.

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What I have noticed is, in general, when schools have you pick a specialty, there is no switching.  

I don't know if it's "looked down upon," but I think for most schools they choose you due to your application materials.  I'm guessing somewhere in your essays you spoke of why you would make a great midwifery practitioner.  This is why you were chosen.

Give it a go and ask because you never know.  I just don't think I would use the words " I have a hard time staying motivated."  Your school just might think you're unmotivated regardless.  Try to find a better way to word what you are feeling and why the move to FNP.

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Numenor has 8 years experience as a MSN, NP and specializes in Internal Medicine.

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15 hours ago, Nurse_Lo said:

Hi! This is my first post. I am currently in a DNP Midwifery program and have been thinking a lot. While I love midwifery I have a hard time staying motivated in it. My heart isn’t in it and I have been thinking about switching to the FNP specialty within my school. I figured that I do love midwifery but I want to be able to do more outside of women’s health as well.


I am wondering if this is something that is looked down upon? I want to speak with the director about this but I don’t know how she would respond to it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! 

 

xoxo

Strange going from a niche specialty to something completely saturated...I don't really understand but worth trying I suppose.

Also me thinks you might lose motivation in FNP school as well. I would reassess going to grad school in general first

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verene is a MSN and specializes in mental health / psychiatic nursing.

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It will depend on your school. Some programs may allow switching up to a certain point. Others do not allow it at all.  Based on my own program it would be extremely difficult to switch as everyone started with at least one specialty specific course in the first term - and all programs had very limited seats.

 

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