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

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    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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    family nurse practitioner, certified


    clinical nurse specialist, certified.
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    ANP--Advanced Nurse Practitioner
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    thanks you guys.
    so what do i use if i want to be a Nurse Practitioner whose specialty is in Psychiatric/Mental Health?
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    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?
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    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).
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    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
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    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
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    Quote from suzanne4
    ANP--Advanced Nurse Practitioner
    Correction-ANP =Adult Nurse Practitioner
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    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


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