OMG, stop with this already. If you are going to give out information, make sure it is accurate. No state that I'm aware of is going to limit FNP from working in specialty clinics and center. They are talking about acute care as in hospitals.
If I want to specialize as an APRN in an area such as oncology, palliative care, or
nephrology, how would I do so after the APRN Consensus Model is implemented?
Areas such as oncology, palliative care, and nephrology are among the many specialty areas
of APRN practice and are not one of the population foci in the APRN Consensus Model. To
be eligible for APRN licensure and certification, the APRN must complete his/her
educational program in a role and population focus (or foci) as defined in the Consensus
Model but can also specialize in a more specific area of practice. Preparation in a specialty
area of practice is optional, but, if included in the educational program, it must build on the
APRN role/population focus competencies. Clinical and didactic coursework must be
comprehensive and sufficient to prepare the graduate to obtain certification for licensure in
and to practice in the APRN role and population focus. Educational programs may
concurrently prepare individuals in a specialty providing they meet all of the other
requirements for APRN educational programs, including preparation in the APRN core, role,
and population core competencies. A specialty area of practice is developed by the
professional organization and is not regulated by boards of nursing. Professional
organizations determine the expected competencies for the specialty and establish 4
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certification or assessment requirements. It is not required but recommended that the
APRN practicing in a specialty area of practice seek specialty certification if available
Quote from UVA Grad Nursing
Some states are considering changing their Nurse Practice Acts to prohibit primary care NPs from working in specialty care clinics/centers, and some employers are anticipating this and only hiring certain NPs for certain settings. Primary Care and specialty care are different settings, have different training and may require different types of CE.
I echo the above thoughts of shadowing or doing informational interviews to determine precisely what sort of professional life you want. Then select the right program for that specialty/track.