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What is the scope of the ANP? I understand you can only provide care to individuals 12 or 13 and older.
But can an ANP provide full GYN care? For example if i wanted to work in whnp capacity of student health clinic or planned parenthood? I understand that OB care is very limited if at all, correct?
What sort of practices hire ANPs? Can they be hired in urgent cares or Fast Track ERs (understanding they can't see peds under 12)? Specialty practices?
I also understand that is there a huge revamping of ANP curriculums soon. What does this entail? More Gero? Anything else? What extra clinical hours have been added?
Are there any ANP/WHNP practitioners out there? How have you been using both certifications in practice?
Thanks in advance!
I'm an Adult Acute Care NP, not an Adult NP, but I may be able to answer some of your questions.
Our scope of practice is pretty close to what you describe. I don't know of a hard and fast age cut off but I and the ANPs I know avoid kids like the plague. The youngest patient I've ever seen was 17.
Our OB/GYN training is close to nill. I consider myself an advanced practice provider for acutely ill adults but when it comes to kids and women's health, I consider myself a nurse. My training on OB/GYN matters was so abbreviated that I don't feel I could safely practice as an NP in that area.
I don't expect the new Gero thing to really influence anything. To be honest we were always gero focused. Now we simply have it in our name.
As for who hires us, that gets complicated. I'm an acute care variant so we usually work with various inpatient practices. I do some ED/Hospitalist work. Some of my colleagues work with cardiology practices. Others do ICU. In general we cluster around specialty practices where you're guaranteed to avoid kids. ED stuff is actually really tricky for Acute Care NPs because we don't get a lot of primary care training and close to 90% of what we see in the ED is really primary care. We're also competing with FNPs and PAs who are perfectly trained to do urgent care work and don't carry our restrictions against seeing kids.
EDIT: Wow. My spelling
at the end of a night shift.