There seems to be so many "types" of NP schools
and certifications. I don't necessarily think that does a service to NPs. Im disappointed that my program did not have the opportunity or requirement for ortho or surgical rotations. By splitting up the NP programs into specialities - we are self limiting ourselves by requiring more education and board certifications if we ever desire to do other specialties. There probably does need SOME speciality education but not like we have now.
WHNP, psych/mental health NPs and CRNAs are probably good as is.
FNPs, Adult gero primary care NPs, pediatric primary care NP -> why not just primary care NP instead? I understand people not wanting to work with peds or whatever but still
Adult gero acute care Np, pediatric acute care NP, emergency NP --> straight up Acute care NP works fine
All DOs or MDs go to "medical school", not "acute care med school" or "primary care med school". Same with PAs!
Then there all the different certifying bodies, ANCC, AANP, plus lots more I don't feel like looking up.
I can understand where those are coming from who like the individual programs but I don't think that is the best for the future.
This isn't meant to ruffle feathers, just to generate conversation. Im interested in hearing personal views.
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IFurther, all programs should require 1500-2000 clinical hours, graduate level gross anatomy, OR/first assist training for acute care tracks, in person lab/skills training - essentially, there's a lot I would change.
I too believe that the NP curriculum needs to be solidified and bolstered. Definitely
more clinical hours! Why don't we have more required clinical hours? I would imagine the schools
would tell you that Yes, they're providing "graduate-level gross anatomy," but I can tell you that they are not doing that, and "advanced" patho and "advanced" pharm are ... not advanced. At least from my experiene.
It makes more sense to me to have an intensive general NP program, and then afterward one can choose to branch off, the way MDs do it. As an adult-gero primary care NP student who is not interested in taking care of children, I would be willing to learn pediatric medicine if it were required of me in a more intensive program.
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