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.