APRN and NP, same thing?

  1. Hi. I am a little confused. I am doing research on nursing options at the advanced practice level. I have seen some MSN programs that are for advanced practice (such as clinical nurse specialist, gerontology, etc) and others that specifically have "nurse practioner" in the title. Is there a difference in the scope of practice between APRNs and NPs?
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  3. by   SHGR

    Hi, here is the link to the LACE model which explains it all! On page 10 of the document is a diagram of the model.
    There are four groups of Advanced Practice RN's (APRNs; but I am also seeing APNP a lot for advanced practice nurse prescriber): nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives, and CRNA (anesthetists); then the population foci, such as adult/gero or peds; then subspecialties.
    So, based on this model, in a few months (assuming I graduate) I'll be an adult-gero CNS with a diabetes focus.
    There are also MSN prepared nurses who are not APRNs such as nurse educators, business/management focused, or CNL.
    There certainly is an alphabet soup going on in our profession.
    We do need to be able to speak to this topic and questions about the initials and scope.
    I hope this helps.
  4. by   OnOn2NICU
    Thanks SHGR. It's all very confusing. I am a non-traditional nursing student (hopefully). I have a BS in chemistry and an MPH. I've worked in cancer research for 10 years. I am planning to start a clinical nursing program in the fall (pending acceptance, of course). As of now, I feel like after I finish the BSN I would like to work and pursue an advanced practice role so I am trying to figure out what options are available and best fit for my background.

    Thank you for the link, it helps in trying to decipher the alphabet soup. Lol
  5. by   OnOn2NICU
    In an ideal world I'd like to pursue CRNA, but I doing think that I will be able to make the commitment required of the CRNA programs in terms of not working and spending time away from my family