Becoming a NP

  1. Once i found this site, I could not stop reading. You all provide lots and lots of information thats very helpful! Except i do still have lots of questions, and just havent found the exact answers im looking for...
    Im currently a nursing student headed for my BSN and I would like to become a NP. Do i have to first work as an RN before i go to school and become a NP? I was thinking of getting my BSN in down to 3 years so i wouldnt be in school for as long. Also i know there are different types of NP's, right? Are there NPs that work in labor and delivery??..and also, im excited to become an NP because of all the more i can do with a patient and all the more challenges and responsibilities, but are NP's work schedules a lot more restricted than RNs? or does that depend on the hospital??

    Thankss!! im learning more and more everyday:spin:
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  3. by   sirI
    hello, tinker08 and welcome to allnurses.com

    check out this thread:

    becoming a nurse practitioner with little or no rn experience


    yes, there are all specialties of nps. whnp (ob-gyn), acute care np (acnp), geriatric np, adult np, family practice np, etc.

    work schedules vary with the entity for which you are employed.

    get some rn experience and decide which specialty track interests you and go for it.

    good luck with your nursing career and your future as an apn!!

    enjoy the site here at allnurses!!
  4. by   dfk
    Quote from Tinker08
    Once i found this site, I could not stop reading. You all provide lots and lots of information thats very helpful! Except i do still have lots of questions, and just havent found the exact answers im looking for...
    Im currently a nursing student headed for my BSN and I would like to become a NP. Do i have to first work as an RN before i go to school and become a NP? I was thinking of getting my BSN in down to 3 years so i wouldnt be in school for as long. Also i know there are different types of NP's, right? Are there NPs that work in labor and delivery??..and also, im excited to become an NP because of all the more i can do with a patient and all the more challenges and responsibilities, but are NP's work schedules a lot more restricted than RNs? or does that depend on the hospital??

    Thankss!! im learning more and more everyday:spin:

    if you like L&D, perhaps check out nurse midwife
  5. by   traumaRUs
    Hi and welcome. Don't forget the CNS - clinical nurse specialist, another type of APN.
  6. by   Tinker08
    Cns??
  7. by   sirI
    Hello, Tinker,

    There are four types of APN (Advanced Practice Nurse):

    1 - Nurse Practitioner (NP)
    2 - Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
    3 - Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
    4 - Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)

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