Credentials

  1. Hello all,

    First of all I'm new here so I don't know if this topic has been discussed before. I am a newly certified family nurse practitioner. I recieved my certification through ANCC and I live in TX.

    My question is, what is the appropriate way to sign my name? I have seen two versions of it in books and don't know which is the better(?) one. 1. RN, MSN, FNP-BC or 2. MSN, APRN, FNP-BC. Also, in my current job as a hospital nurse, do I sign my documentation RN or APRN if I am not using my NP skills per se?

    I have ton of questions for practicing NP's both in private and collaborative practice on topics ranging from scope of practice to contract negotiation so please bear with me. I (actually we, my classmates and I) have been looking for answers to topics not covered in school but our local NP's have been a little hesitant to divulge their knowledge.

    Thanks in advance for all of your help.
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  3. by   sirI
    Hello and welcome to allnurses.com

    Your credentials and signature should be outlined in the TX NPA. Mine are. Every state has their own rules about this. So, check with the TX BON.

    As for your employer, they normally place on your name badge and/or have you sign according to your BON requirements. Also, if you are hired at your hospital in the capacity of RN, then you will sign RN, not signature of advanced practice. But, bear in mind that legally, you are held to the standard of the higher education while providing care for the patient.

    Many APNs here and we look forward to more of your posts.

    Good to have you with us and we hope you enjoy the site.
    Last edit by sirI on Sep 22, '07
  4. by   traumaRUs
    Siri is totally correct. In IL, I sign my name: traumarus, MSN, APN and leave it.

    I no longer work as an RN due to the liiability issues. However, after I graduated last year I worked as an RN until I passed certifcation then changed positions.

    Check with your BON.

    Congratulations.
  5. by   core0
    Quote from TX-NP
    Hello all,

    First of all I'm new here so I don't know if this topic has been discussed before. I am a newly certified family nurse practitioner. I recieved my certification through ANCC and I live in TX.

    My question is, what is the appropriate way to sign my name? I have seen two versions of it in books and don't know which is the better(?) one. 1. RN, MSN, FNP-BC or 2. MSN, APRN, FNP-BC. Also, in my current job as a hospital nurse, do I sign my documentation RN or APRN if I am not using my NP skills per se?

    I have ton of questions for practicing NP's both in private and collaborative practice on topics ranging from scope of practice to contract negotiation so please bear with me. I (actually we, my classmates and I) have been looking for answers to topics not covered in school but our local NP's have been a little hesitant to divulge their knowledge.

    Thanks in advance for all of your help.
    Here is the BON citation.
    http://tinyurl.com/2sjkm3
    Not sure how it is interpreted but it does seem to imply that you need to have RN or registered nurse there.
    Here is the BON website for APNs:
    http://www.bne.state.tx.us/practice/gen-apn.html

    Welcome to allnurses.com

    David Carpenter, PA-C

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