1. I am a hospice RN and I will complete my masters in nursing education Spring 2012. I would like to stay in hospice but a former owner of the company told me I could only work for their hospice as an NP if I have a adult NP vs a family NP. Can anyone tell me if that is true? What are the major differences/limitations of FNP vs ANP?

    Are their limitations for either specialty in regards to work at hospitals or urgent care settings?

    Thank you!
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    About dottimur, MSN, RN, APRN

    Joined: May '06; Posts: 162; Likes: 26
    APRN, FNP-C; from US
    Specialty: 8 year(s) of experience in Hospice, Nursing Education, Primary Care


  3. by   lzink
    Dear FNP v ANP,

    Access your states BON. You need to talk to a "Practice Specialists". That is her job to answer questions such as the one you posted.

  4. by   johnnyarei
    I saw this on a previous post...

    The FNP mostly trains you to provide primary care to populations across the lifespan. The ANP gives you more exposure to specialties, but of course you won't be able to work with individuals under age thirteen. Also in my area, the hospitals are "cracking down" on FNP's working in acute care settings, arguing that it is not within the FNP scope of practice (with the exception of triage in the ED). So if want be a hospitalist, you're better off with ANP or ACNP. You get more women's health exposure with the FNP.

    Difference between FNP and ANP

    Hope this helps!!!
  5. by   traumaRUs
    What do you want to do? Be an NP or provide education? Since they are two different roles they aren't interchangeable.
  6. by   redwoodcoastrn
    What state are you in, and did you talk to your BRN? Did you find out yet if that is a state licensing issue or just your employer's policy?
    I am curious to know, as I would like to do an FNP so I have the broader education and more options in my rural area, and I would also like eventually to again work in Hospice or in-patient Palliative Care program with the Advanced Practice Palliative Care Cert. Maybe that won't work.
    If you find out please post what you discover.
  7. by   zoidberg
    i would look for an AG-NP or AG-ACNP, there are only a few, but the regular anp and acnp are being retired. they provide more education in geriatric patients. i think south alabama has an online program for both
  8. by   dottimur
    I am getting the Master in Nursing Education because most of it will apply towards the NP. I have a 4.0 in graduate work and 3.96 in recent college work including my nursing program, I live in OK and I have applied to Oklahoma University Health Science Center and UND so far. I do not have a good undergraduate GPA. I believe I want to get an FNP. I went to an info session for OUHSC and of 180 applicants only 20 will get in. They suggested acute care CNS to be a hospitalist and FNP would be for primary care (hospital ED, primary care offices and urgent care).

    I want to be an FNP and work in urgent care or in hospice in patient possibly. Even though I have an RN license, I have a BS in math not in nursing so it limits some of the programs I can get into. I am researching programs and my next round are the Feb 1 application deadlines for MSU Springfield, U of M Columbia, USA, Univ of CO, Denver. After that is Frontier and then Cox College, UCCS, and the list of other candidates goes on. I want to apply to enough schools to be ensured of getting in.
  9. by   dottimur
    I got the MS in NE for two reasons: to improve my GPA and when I want to slow down I can teach online classes from home after a long career as an NP...