FNP vs. ACNP

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    For the goal of assisting in surgery and following up with surgical patients, would you recommend family nurse practitioner (FNP) or acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP)?

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    For the goal of assisting in surgery and following up with surgical patients, would you recommend family nurse practitioner (FNP) or acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP)?

    Thank you!
    Definitely ACNP. You do a lot more impatient clinical work. Most FNP programs have clinicals outside the hospital, while ACNPs usually rotate through surgery, ICU, etc.
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    Be aware that in some states it's necessary to be an ACNP to get hospital privileges without which you'd be unlike to be able to practice in a surgical setting. In general, many FNP programs focus on primary care and only cover surgery to the extent of knowing when referal to a surgeon is indicated. Most surgeons treat either adults or kids so the corresponding adult/gero or pediatric ACNP is really your best bet depending on the age group you plan to work with.


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