Opportunities for an ACNP with RNFA certification? - page 2

by HenryH | 4,355 Views | 13 Comments

I have been examining the various specialties in advanced practice nursing and recently discovered that there are a number of NP programs that prepare individuals to work as ACNP's with RNFA certification. What kinds of... Read More


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    I have done a few job searches on the usual websites (e.g., Indeed.com, etc.) for open ACNP positions and was surprised to find that not many are posted for my area or the surrounding area. On the other hand, there are plenty of postings for FNP's. By chance, would you happen to know if there is currently some sort of job shortage/provider oversupply in the ACNP job market? Or are most ACNP's hired directly out of their programs upon graduating?
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    HI Henry,
    If you are already a nurse, I wouldn't waste your time becoming a PA. Better to be an NP.

    I am an ACNP with RNFA certification. I got both at the same time. I had many years in the OR and you need at least 600 hours of clinical for the RNFA.

    I work in Orthopedic SUrgery. Presently I only work managing the patients from the moment they enter the hospital until they are discharged. I can assist in the OR, but there is too much work to do on the floor.

    Orthopedic NPs are usually in the higher end of the payscale. Depends where you work and your experience, but you should expect starting in the high 90s without experience and closer to 150,000 with experience. Depends on volume also.

    GOod luck!
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    Quote from HenryH
    I have done a few job searches on the usual websites (e.g., Indeed.com, etc.) for open ACNP positions and was surprised to find that not many are posted for my area or the surrounding area. On the other hand, there are plenty of postings for FNP's. By chance, would you happen to know if there is currently some sort of job shortage/provider oversupply in the ACNP job market? Or are most ACNP's hired directly out of their programs upon graduating?
    Not knowing where you live, it's possible that your area has a higher need for primary care providers. In that case, FNP's will be more marketable. I've only lived in large urban areas with a significant concentration of tertiary medical centers and have never had problems finding a job as an ACNP.
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    Quote from SMReichert
    HI Henry,
    If you are already a nurse, I wouldn't waste your time becoming a PA. Better to be an NP.

    I am an ACNP with RNFA certification. I got both at the same time. I had many years in the OR and you need at least 600 hours of clinical for the RNFA.

    I work in Orthopedic SUrgery. Presently I only work managing the patients from the moment they enter the hospital until they are discharged. I can assist in the OR, but there is too much work to do on the floor.

    Orthopedic NPs are usually in the higher end of the payscale. Depends where you work and your experience, but you should expect starting in the high 90s without experience and closer to 150,000 with experience. Depends on volume also.

    GOod luck!
    Thanks. Since you don't do surgical assisting, could you explain how your work managing orthopedic surgery patients as an NP is different from managing them as an RN? Are you essentially used interchangeably with PA's who have analogous roles?

    Also, do those salary figures you quoted include any sort of bonus/OT payment, or are they just base salaries?


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