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Adult Acute care NP vs family NP

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by Crrnbsn Crrnbsn (New Member) New Member

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Hi everyone ! 

I am currently and RN looking to further my career. I have worked in a nursing home for a year and an ER for 3 years. I’m currently working full time in the PACU and perdiem in the ER. I have thought about crna before, but I feel NP is more for me. I believe I want to start applying to programs now to hopefully get into a fall program. I am unsure if I want to resume an ER positions as an NP or work alongside a hospitalist or cardiologist in the hospital. I have been to seminars before to find more information about A particular NP program but I’m still torn which route to choose. I prefer working with adults and gerontology. I don’t believe I ever want to work with children in a pediatrician office, but would need my FNP if I wanted to work in an ER setting due to having to treat children there, which I don’t mind. However the seminar had told me if I wanted to work with a cardiologist/hospitalist/intensivist I would need my acute care NP. So I am looking for suggestions and insight from people who are NPs and which route did they decide to take and which specialty are they actually working with.  I want to pick the program that will be most versatile, yet train me well enough to do either of those jobs , Thank you !!

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sirI has 30 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB.

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Welcome to allnurses.com

We moved your thread to the Student NP forum where Students as well as NP's will reply.

Good luck with your plans.

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Same dilema except that I am half way through my FNP. I sort of want to switch to ACNP but unsure as to what is better overall. 

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FullGlass has 1 years experience as a BSN, MSN.

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There is currently a strong movement to NOT hire FNPs in ERs.  There is a new Consensus Model that has been discussed in-depth multiple times elsewhere on this forum.  

FNP programs DO NOT provide any acute care education or clinical time.  NONE.

If you know you want to work in the ER, I advise a PA program.  Otherwise, you can get an ACNP Adult MSN or DNP and then do a post-master's certificate to cover the Peds.  In addition, it is strongly advised you also do a post-master's in Emergency Medicine.

If you really want to work in the hospital in Cardiology, Neurology, etc, then an ACNP Adult is perfect.

Good luck.

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Dodongo has 7 years experience as a APRN, NP.

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Find a combined FNP/ACNP or ENP program.  Or bite the bullet and decide if you want to be in the hospital or out.  If you aren't sure what you want to do as a NP, maybe you should take some time and figure it out.

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If you do an ACNP degree, does that allow you to switch into an FNP role later in life? or are you stuck in a specialty once your choose? 

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