ANP, FNP-C, CNS-C, ABC123 What the heck do all those letters mean???

  1. ok yeah its a stupid question and i know y'all are probably thinking "jeez this chick has no business in here!" but seriously, i'm so confused with all the different titles.

    i'm working on my career paper for Nursing 1000, (which is due in like 4 hours, lol), and i really did start early on it thinking that surely after all the research i'm doing i should figure out what the title is for what i want to be, right?

    pssh i'm more lost now than i was a week ago. so i was hoping someone could help me out on this:
    i want to be a Nurse Practitioner whose specialty is Psychiatric/Mental Health.
    can someone please tell me which letters represent this???
    i thought i could look at my own NP's title but i didnt even recognize hers which is: FNP-C, CNS-C

    please help! oh and ASAP because i gotta turn this in, in just a little while!

    thanks!
    -Sue
    Last edit by Pharmasuetical on Apr 19, '05
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  3. by   jeepgirl
    family nurse practitioner, certified


    clinical nurse specialist, certified.
  4. by   suzanne4
    ANP--Advanced Nurse Practitioner
  5. by   Pharmasuetical
    thanks you guys.
    so what do i use if i want to be a Nurse Practitioner whose specialty is in Psychiatric/Mental Health?
  6. by   HealthyRN
    A nurse practitioner whose speciality is in psych/mental health may have the initials PMHNP. I think it may depend on the state though. Anyone know?
  7. by   TMPaul
    Quote from Pharmasuetical
    ok yeah its a stupid question and i know y'all are probably thinking "jeez this chick has no business in here!" but seriously, i'm so confused with all the different titles.

    i'm working on my career paper for Nursing 1000, (which is due in like 4 hours, lol), and i really did start early on it thinking that surely after all the research i'm doing i should figure out what the title is for what i want to be, right?

    pssh i'm more lost now than i was a week ago. so i was hoping someone could help me out on this:
    i want to be a Nurse Practitioner whose specialty is Psychiatric/Mental Health.
    can someone please tell me which letters represent this???
    i thought i could look at my own NP's title but i didnt even recognize hers which is: FNP-C, CNS-C

    please help! oh and ASAP because i gotta turn this in, in just a little while!

    thanks!
    -Sue
    The ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) designates NP's as: APRN-BC (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse-Board Certified).
  8. by   zenman
    Quote from Pharmasuetical
    please help! oh and ASAP because i gotta turn this in, in just a little while!

    thanks!
    -Sue
    Ya know, if you plan ahead instead of waiting till the last minute it decreases your anxiety a little :chuckle
  9. by   Pharmasuetical
    Quote from zenman
    Ya know, if you plan ahead instead of waiting till the last minute it decreases your anxiety a little :chuckle
    oh i know huh? plus i take 45mg of adderall a day so you can probably imagine what a spaz i must be! lol
  10. by   sailornurse
    Quote from suzanne4
    ANP--Advanced Nurse Practitioner
    Correction-ANP =Adult Nurse Practitioner
  11. by   Traveler
    In the same general vein I have a question about which initials to use and in what order. I am an RN now and will have my BSN in a little less than a year. After that I plan on going for my FNP. So, would I be: My Name, RN, BSN, MSN, FNP? I have seen some FNP's just use the FNP and leave out the rest. What is the consensus?

    Thanks,
    Ann
  12. by   TMPaul
    Quote from Pharmasuetical
    ok yeah its a stupid question and i know y'all are probably thinking "jeez this chick has no business in here!" but seriously, i'm so confused with all the different titles.

    i'm working on my career paper for Nursing 1000, (which is due in like 4 hours, lol), and i really did start early on it thinking that surely after all the research i'm doing i should figure out what the title is for what i want to be, right?

    pssh i'm more lost now than i was a week ago. so i was hoping someone could help me out on this:
    i want to be a Nurse Practitioner whose specialty is Psychiatric/Mental Health.
    can someone please tell me which letters represent this???
    i thought i could look at my own NP's title but i didnt even recognize hers which is: FNP-C, CNS-C

    please help! oh and ASAP because i gotta turn this in, in just a little while!

    thanks!
    -Sue
    According to the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) the title is as follows: Tina Paul, APRN-BC. Name, Advanced practice Registered Nurse (APRN)- Board Certified (BC). That's what's on my wall plaque.
  13. by   sailornurse
    Quote from TMPaul
    According to the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) the title is as follows: Tina Paul, APRN-BC. Name, Advanced practice Registered Nurse (APRN)- Board Certified (BC). That's what's on my wall plaque.
    Yes I have this "title" on my ANCC certificate also. They came out with this title a couple of years ago, but this lumps everyone (NP<CNM<CNS) in one category & it does not tell what type of Advance Practice Registered Nurse one is.
    Eva, MSN, CFNP.
  14. by   sailornurse
    Quote from Traveler
    In the same general vein I have a question about which initials to use and in what order. I am an RN now and will have my BSN in a little less than a year. After that I plan on going for my FNP. So, would I be: My Name, RN, BSN, MSN, FNP? I have seen some FNP's just use the FNP and leave out the rest. What is the consensus?

    Thanks,
    Ann
    Yes, it's pretty confusing even to us. I was taught that you list your highest degree, then your title. (Mary Smith BSN, RN not RN, BSN which is vedry commonly done or MSN, C-FNP but you drop the BSN, RN at this point as you have to be an RN to become a NP;or EdD, MA, RN- this is for a doctorate or masters in a field other then nursing) etc But I have seen people list everything in no particular order. As Far as FNP that is certified it may depends, I have seen CFNP & FNP-c. For clinical nurse specialists I have seen both CNS & CS, The the ANCC came out with APRN-BC (advance practice registered nurse-board certified to lump everyone (midwives, nurse anesthetists, nurse practictioners, clinical specialists) in one giant box.
    Last edit by sailornurse on Apr 27, '05

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