PNP or FNP for increased job opportunities?

  1. 0
    Ok, I have applied for the University of South Alabama for their PNP-PC program and I really have only ever done Peds. I absolutely know that I don't want to do adults. I keep being told that I really need to do the FNP program because by only doing PNP I am severly restricting my job opportunities after graduation. I was told the same thing when graduating nursing school, that I should work on a Medicine unit for at least a year then transfer to a more specialized area. I NEVER worked on a Medicine or Telemetry unit and don't have the desire to. My location is south Louisiana. What are your thoughts as far as finding a PNP position in this area pretty easily after graduation? Thanks in advance for your input.
  2. Get the Hottest Nursing Topics Straight to Your Inbox!

  3. 63 Comments so far...

  4. 2
    My thought is if you know what your passion is, go for it. It may be more difficult to find your first job (or may not, I have no idea about the job market there), but you will probably be much happier with the job you find. Also, your passion will make you better, and help you when you are networking and meeting others with whom you eventually will be a co-worker with.
    Enfermera85 and juan de la cruz like this.
  5. 0
    You know everyone keeps telling people who want to specialize not to - they try to funnel them into FNP programs for job security. The thing is, eventually the FNP market is going to be oversaturated and you can stand out in a pediatrician office interview by being the only one there actually trained in pediatrics..
  6. 0
    In some areas the FNP market is over saturated already. Just do what you want, because that is what will make you happy. And you are better prepared to care for kids as a PNP than you are as an FNP.
  7. 1
    Most of this is simply not true.
    1. FNP can work anywhere so if it saturated in one part of the country, PNPs will also be saturated.
    2. I am fairly sure that there are very few places that are saturated.
    3. FNPs get basically the same pediatric training and there is no difference in care vs PNPS.


    Quote from Annaiya
    In some areas the FNP market is over saturated already. Just do what you want, because that is what will make you happy. And you are better prepared to care for kids as a PNP than you are as an FNP.
    Last edit by nomadcrna on Jan 23
    zmansc likes this.
  8. 0
    Quote from nomadcrna
    Most of this is simply not true. 1. FNP can work anywhere so if it saturated in one part of the country, PNPs will also be saturated. 2. I am fairly sure that there are very few places that are saturated. 3. FNPs get basically the same pediatric training and there is no difference in care vs PNPS.

    How does an FNP get the same training as a PNP? Seriously. I'm taking a peds specific pharm class. My friend, same school but FNP, is taking a more general class. She will have 1 peds experience. I only have peds experience. How exactly is our training the same? Our programs are basically the same length. So if she can get basically the same training in peds then why is my peds program so long? Oh because we don't basically have the same training.

    I'm doing peds because I believe if all things are equal and 2 candidates walk into a peds hospital or office and one is an FNP and one a PNP...the PNP is more likely to get the job. Around here...you don't see many, if any, FNPs in primary care offices or at the children's hospitals.
  9. 0
    Quote from IrishIzRN
    How does an FNP get the same training as a PNP? Seriously. I'm taking a peds specific pharm class. My friend, same school but FNP, is taking a more general class. She will have 1 peds experience. I only have peds experience. How exactly is our training the same? Our programs are basically the same length. So if she can get basically the same training in peds then why is my peds program so long? Oh because we don't basically have the same training. I'm doing peds because I believe if all things are equal and 2 candidates walk into a peds hospital or office and one is an FNP and one a PNP...the PNP is more likely to get the job. Around here...you don't see many, if any, FNPs in primary care offices or at the children's hospitals.
    It seems strange but it's mostly true.

    FNP programs have both pediatric and adult-Geri based pharmacology classes, patho classes, management classes, growth and development classes.

    PNPs do have more clinical experience in pediatrics, on the whole, though I graduated with several FNPs that had almost 1000 hours of pediatric clinical time.

    Many peds hospitals, at least academic centers, do hire FNPs because they can continue to manage their patients as they age.

    Not exactly the same in the end, but there is a benefit and a drawback to each.
  10. 0
    There is no peds specific pharm. There is general pharm that all NPs take.
    Part of the 3 Rs.


    • include at a minimum, three separate comprehensive graduate-level courses (the
      APRN Core) in:
      o Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that
      apply across the lifespan;
      o Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human
      systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; ando Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics,
      pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.
  11. 0
    Quote from nomadcrna
    There is no peds specific pharm. There is general pharm that all NPs take. Part of the 3 Rs. [*] include at a minimum, three separate comprehensive graduate-level courses (the APRN Core) in: o Advanced physiology/pathophysiology, including general principles that apply across the lifespan; o Advanced health assessment, which includes assessment of all human systems, advanced assessment techniques, concepts and approaches; ando Advanced pharmacology, which includes pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics of all broad categories of agents.

    I am taking a peds specific pharm class. My program requires 2 pharm classes. I have already takes advanced pharm. I now take a peds specific pharm course. So yes, there can be a peds specific pharm.

    My friend in FNP is not basically getting the same education as me. She is not taking in 1 quarter what I take in 5-6 quarters of peds specific classes.
  12. 0
    No offense but pharm is pharm. what you are taking is probably therapeutics. Do you really think adult pharm is different from peds pharm or geriatric pharm etc?
    I took a pharm class last year titled pharmacology for the ACNP. Guess what? It was no different from the pharm I had in my masters CRNA program. It was no different from my FNP pharm. it was no different from the 12 semester hours f my DNAP program.
    pharm is pharm.


Top