can't decide between PNP and FNP

  1. So I've been a pediatric RN for almost 6 years now and finally ready to make the plunge into advanced practice. My dilemna right now is trying to decide between FNP and PNP. I love pediatrics and am good at it and had never considered until now doing anything else.

    But I just got back from doing some overseas primary care and disaster relief work with an FNP and really saw that having a broader base of knowledge than just pediatrics was essential. That's the kind of work I would love to do in the long run and perhaps follow up with an MPH at some point. The included women's health in the program is interesting to me too and it would be great to have that knowledge, although I've never done it before.

    However, I know that I would be working here in the states too for a bit...and know that if that were the case, I'd rather focus on pediatrics and don't really have an inclination to be dealing regularly with a lot of STD treatment and family planning options, especially for adolescents...

    I guess my question is, as an FNP would I have adequate opportunity to just work in pediatrics??? And does the FNP program prepare you enough to care for and feel competent with those specialties like women's health or pediatrics if you did want to stay just in those areas...since it's not the primary focus of the program?

    Should I go for my PNP, since peds is what I know best or broaden my horizons a bit and be well-rounded enough to care for all ages???
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  3. by   shapely
    The FNP is more broad and will allow for more job opportunities. FNP's work just about anywhere including peds. Some focus on just women's health others are in specialty areas. You can always apply to the program as a FNP student and take the 1-2 extra courses which would allow you to sit for both exams and then you would be FNP-C and PNP-C. At the school I went to people did this. All the NP's differ by the 1-2 clinical courses which make them more specialized.
  4. by   traumaRUs
    My vote: FNP!
  5. by   Dr.Naija_Queen
    I posted a question similar to yours not too long ago. I have decided to go the PNP route because I do not want to work in any other specialty. I believe that if you want to keep your options open in the future and not be limited to one patient population the FNP is the way to go. Since I will be paying my tuition myself I want to be able to practice in the setting I want which is pediatrics. If you do not want to work exclusively with children and adolescents then the FNP may be the best route for you.