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Hi! Very cool. What area do you live in and how many years of experience does she have? I'm curious because I'm looking for NPs to shadow in cardiology right now. As an ACNP, is she allowed to do outpatient work as well? Or is ACNP limited to hospital work? I would think ACNP would be better education and depth wise in cardiology. Also, do you know how long she worked as an RN before going to NP school?
Are you interested in Adult Cardiology? To answer your question objectively you have to look at two things:
1. Anecdotal data
. NP's working in Adult Cardiology come from numerous training backgrounds - FNP, ANP, and ACNP. Roles vary depending on how the practice is set-up (private practice group vs hospital-employed) and the field of Cardiology the NP is involved in (Interventional Cardiology vs Electrophysiology). Extent of responsibilities also vary (rounding in hospital + clinic, supervising myocardial stress tests, pacemaker interrogations, and in extreme cases performing cath's).
2. Nature of training
. In my objective opinion, ACNP training best fits a role in Adult Cardiology. You will have in-patient rotations and out-patient rotations as part of your clinicals. You can tailor your clinical rotations based on your area of interest (i.e., have rotations in Adult Cardiology, ICU/CCU, ED - great combo for a Cardiology role). FNP and ANP training will expose you to primary care with little specialty rotations.
Personally, I wouldn't go with the notion that "FNP's are the only ones getting hired where I live". If your interest is in Cardiology and you have the RN experience and networking capabilities to secure a job in this field, then you should go with the NP training that will give you the best clinical exposure to the field.