I am in a post-BSN to DNP program...When I applied, I applied for the Women's Health DNP which is where my interests are. That very year the school eliminated their Women's Health Program and I was accepted instead into the Family NP program.
I have heard that the program you are in determines the license exam you sit for (adult NP program=adult NP licensing exam) and that you have to practice according to the license you receive (adult NP license=adult nurse practitioner). I have also heard stories about NPs who were licensed as adult NPs and wanted to practice women's health and had to work a certain amount of hours in adult health to maintain their license. I have been trying to find answers for weeks, as I am reluctant to continue much further in my program until this is confirmed (I completed first year). My advisor said that I could practice women's health with a family license (which I knew) but she could not confirm whether, if I am licensed in family practice, I will need to also work in family practice to maintain my license.
I just really need to know if I will have to work as a Family NP in order to maintain my license, or if I can work exclusively in women's health with a family NP license. Please help!!!
Babies are delivered all over the country by family practice physicians. Even c-sections are done by FPs. Everything does not center around urban utopia.
Again, no offense intended but you are showing that you really don't understand advanced practice.
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Pull up an WHNP program at any graduate school and then an FNP program. WHNP would be a one-year program if one semester of women's health is all that was needed.
Functioning similarly is not the same as being trained identically for the patient population you serve.
Who would you go to for the delivery of your baby? A general practice physician or a ob/gyn?
Last edit by nomadcrna on Jun 6, '13