Quote from KatieRN04
Can someone help me understand the difference between the two? And can a Family NP work in a doctors office with an MD or do they have to have thier own practice? Which one, Family or Acute care, lets you work less hours a week if needed. And does a family NP required to treat all populations, babies, pediatrics, adolescents, adults,and the elderly?
Acute Care NP:
The ACNP is educated in managing the acutely ill adult
patient. Focus is not primary care, but this is incorporated into the programs. They manage patients in the hospital ED, hospital admission through discharge, and even in some specialty clinics.
The FNP is educated in managing the the needs of the entire
family....birth through geriatrics and everything in between. Normally located in a clinic, they work just about everywhere, depending upon the area need and job requirements: office, clinics, shools, hospitals, etc.
Yes, FNP work in physician offices (clinics) and some do have their own practice (depending upon the state requirements). But, "having their own pracitce" is not required.
As for which one is "less hours"?.......that is something that I do not think can be answered.