PNP vs FNP

  1. Hi everyone--
    I have been struggling with this question for a couple of years now, and I am hoping someone can help me sort it out. I am currently a peds nurse with a couple of years of experience. I am starting a NP program in the fall, but I am torn between getting a PNP or an FNP. I really only want to work with kids, but I would prefer to get an FNP to be more versatile. I have talked to some people already, and some say as an FNP I won't be able to work with kids excluively, and others say I will. I am afraid to get so specialized, because there are currently no jobs out there for PNPs in Orange County, but on the other hand, kids are my passion. Ideally I would love to be the pediatric specialist in a group practice (whether family or pediatric). Would I get hired in this type of setting as an FNP? Thanks in advance...
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  3. by   smannle
    Quote from pedsrn24
    Hi everyone--
    I have been struggling with this question for a couple of years now, and I am hoping someone can help me sort it out. I am currently a peds nurse with a couple of years of experience. I am starting a NP program in the fall, but I am torn between getting a PNP or an FNP. I really only want to work with kids, but I would prefer to get an FNP to be more versatile. I have talked to some people already, and some say as an FNP I won't be able to work with kids excluively, and others say I will. I am afraid to get so specialized, because there are currently no jobs out there for PNPs in Orange County, but on the other hand, kids are my passion. Ideally I would love to be the pediatric specialist in a group practice (whether family or pediatric). Would I get hired in this type of setting as an FNP? Thanks in advance...
    Hello there. I am an FNP that just recently graduated from school. I can't really tell you what you should do, but i was in the same boat. I was torn between peds and women's health so i went FNP. I love my decision. I got a good pediatric rotation in school, and have been offered a part time job by the pediatric cardiologist i precepted with. I also work autonomously in my own family practice which includes a high pediatric population. One thing that i do find incredibly refreshing, is that i am not stuck in one specialty. If you go peds, then you cannot treat anyone over the age of 18. If you go family, then you are board certified from conception to death. Many of the pediatricians in my town have FNPs on their staff, and they do really well. Hope this helps.
  4. by   pedsrn24
    Quote from smannle
    Hello there. I am an FNP that just recently graduated from school. I can't really tell you what you should do, but i was in the same boat. I was torn between peds and women's health so i went FNP. I love my decision. I got a good pediatric rotation in school, and have been offered a part time job by the pediatric cardiologist i precepted with. I also work autonomously in my own family practice which includes a high pediatric population. One thing that i do find incredibly refreshing, is that i am not stuck in one specialty. If you go peds, then you cannot treat anyone over the age of 18. If you go family, then you are board certified from conception to death. Many of the pediatricians in my town have FNPs on their staff, and they do really well. Hope this helps.
    That was actually incredibly helpful!!!! Children are my favorite population to treat, and I would love to focus on that, but it would be nice to have opportunities to branch out. It sounds like you got the perfect balance, which is what I am hoping for. Thank you for the insight!

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