I went to an open house for a local nursing graduate school. I accomplished my main goal, which was to learn the practical difference between an MSN, DNP, and PhD. Answer: any one of these allows you to sit for the Nurse Practitioner licensing exam. MSNs are purely applied. PhDs are mostly research although you can maybe do some application (i.e. treating patients) if you really want to. DNPs are about taking new research and applying it. In an ideal world a DNP and a PhD pair up and the DNP applies the PhD’s research and tells them which of their theories were killed by ugly gangs of facts, and suggests new things. I don’t see how anyone could what something other than a research heavy DNP or application heavy PhD, but I also don’t understand how anyone could want a specialty other than psychiatry. Which reminds me, apparently there’s a lot more funding for psychiatric NPs than any other specialty because demand so outstripes supply, because psychiatry is stigmatized among both NPs and MDs. Which is terrible for the world but super convenient for me personally.
Meanwhile, I have my day job as a software developer. I don’t like it, and while I could always move companies I don’t think I’ll truly be happy in any programming position and the energy would be spent on my future nursing career. But I might as well make the most of it while I’m stuck, and I’m looking for skills I can learn now that will apply later. There’s not a ton of overlap between medicine and programming, but one thing that is always useful is public speaking, so I’m volunteering for every public speaking opportunity I can grab. A day after I reached that conclusion I realized social skills are also universally useful, so maybe I should stop working so very hard to avoid my co-workers. I do not like this conclusion. Many of my co-workers are deeply unpleasant people + office is sensory hell = I spend most of the time feeling like I’m about to be eaten by a tiger. These are not ideal circumstances in which to learn. But I’m told hospitals are pretty noisy too, and while I strongly feel like I’ll handle it better when it’s in service of something I believe in, greater noise tolerance would greatly expand my options.
Of course, that’s what the OT is for. And it’s working. It also spontaneously corrected my overbite, which is weird because we hadn’t done anything directly to my head. But I think it’s time to take some test runs of social interactions under my control, rather than wait to have them inflicted on me.