ACNP vs FNP: My Summarization of the Great Debate - page 2

by rauscht 20,075 Views | 14 Comments

I, like many others in the forum, have been recently struggling with which NP program to pursue - FNP or ACNP. I've read so many threads and talked with so many people (RNs, NPs, nurse recruiters, professors, deans) and this is... Read More


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    Some hospitals do not hire FNPs for ICU internists. Duke is a primary example of one that does not. I am getting both my ACNP and FNP because I intend to work as a ICU NP, but because you work 6-7 24 hour shifts a month I intend to work elsewhere in an ED or at another clinic.
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    The major issue is not the setting but acuity of the patient. Do primary care/family MDs only practice in the clinic? No, they see patients in the hospital. Do they see patients in the ICU? Typically no. Point is, the consensus model provides that your patients you care for match your formal training..NOT where these patients are physically.
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    In large urban & teaching hospitals they are getting away from FNP in the hospital settings (esp critical care) & they are requiring currently employed FNPs (esp in crit care) to go back & get ACNP. It is the new trend. Rual still uses FNPs due the lack of available ACNPs to draw from & Rural hospitals usually do kiddos.
    You still might see them in the ED however Large urban hospitals are usually not seeing kiddos these days because of the availability of Childrens Hospitals more accessible to them.
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    You can do a dual track FNP/ACNP ED focus which is about 88-90 credits or you can do FNP or ACNP then add on at end which will be about 3-4 semesters
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    You can do a dual track FNP/ACNP ED focus which is about 88-90 credits or you can do FNP or ACNP then add on at end which will be about 3-4 semesters post. It depends on what school you are in though


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