Can an ACPNP work in a clinic setting?
- 0Jun 28, '13 by PapoyaHello!
I have been thinking way too much about becoming a NP. I currently work in the NICU and babies are all I've ever worked with. Anyways, I am having a very tough time choosing between FNP and ACNP. I know both are very, very different. Sometimes I feel that I would be happy working with babies and children, but I am very scared to work only in the hospital setting. I originally had given thought to go the FNP route, but then, I have never worked with adults.
I already had an interview for an FNP program in the city where I live, but I am required to find my preceptors. The problem is not finding a preceptor, but I would need to precept a pediatrician (ok, no problem), a women's health NP, and an Intensivist! How will I ever find those preceptors if I only work with neonatologists and very seldom do I see a pediatrician.....
On another hand, the ACPNP only requires to precept with pediatricians and pnp's....but then, I would no enjoy very much having to work those 24hr, weekend, and holiday schedules....
Is it possible for ACPNP to work in a clinic setting, maybe something like 4 10hr per week, no weekends, or holidays? That would be great, but then...do jobs like that exist for ACPNP?
I just feel like I am about to pull my hair out
Comments, opinions, and thoughts are welcome...
- 0Dec 5, '13 by ElisabethPRNHi Papoya,
I just came across your post and wanted an update. I am going thru this same struggle. My background has always been Peds hospital but I am very much interested in going back to school but would like to get out of the hospital setting. I thought FNP was the route I would take so then I could still care for Peds but with a clinic schedule. Have you found an answer to your above question? Would ACPNP be the better route for a clinic setting or could FNP but used in a Peds clinic?
- 0Dec 10, '13 by Back2schoolmurse, BSN, MSN, RNFrom my understanding, PNP programs are dwindling with more focus being placed on FNPs in all clinic type settings. I know at my school, only FNP, NNP, and AGNP (Adult-Geri) are now offered. Many other schools are following suit in my area as well.
Also, I believe there are specific programs if you wanted to work in a clinic setting as a PNP (i.e. primary care vs acute care). In general, acute care will not work in a primary care setting such as a clinic and vice versa. There are exceptions, but less so nowadays with clearer lines being drawn for scope of practice for NP specialties.Last edit by Back2schoolmurse on Dec 10, '13 : Reason: add info
- 0Dec 13, '13 by rnmindyHave you looked into a primary care PNP program? There is one that I applied for at the University of South Alabama. Everyting is online but you do have to find your local preceptors. I have heard great things about the program and I liked that they had a seperate acute and primary option. I am interested in peds only as well so FNP was not an option for me. I also don't want to do 12 hr shifts on a unit so I chose the primary care route. Look into it, it may be what you are looking for. Either way, good luck