Quote from pro-student
The future of NPs is highly variable but ultimately looks positive. That said there are a few caveats. NP education is highly variable ranging from excellent to abysmal. There is still a hodge podge of standards governing educational programs but generally the regulation is quite loose (at least compared to other professional programs) not at all unlike medicine was when it established itself in the United States. NPs are going through the same concerns were just a couple centuries later to the party. Likely, things will slowly sort themselves out and, just like our medical counterparts, NPs will be recognized and an integral and indispensable part of the healthcare system.
I want to point out that there is no such thing as a cardiac nurse practitioner. There are NPs who work in cardiology settings both inpatient and outpatient. You may think I'm splitting hairs but I would suggest that, unlike physician cardiologists, there is no single, recognizable way to demonstrate one is professionally prepared to practice in cardiac setting. This can swing both ways. I can mean that one can land a job in cardiology without undergoing any specific educational or professional preparation and leverage prior experience, NP training, and formal or informal mentorship to be a successful provider. But it can also mean that one's experience is less transferable because there is not standardized way to demonstrate competence and work experience can be viewed very subjectively.
take it as you will, its been watered down
That being said, NPs have forged successful roles for themselves in nearly every area of healthcare. Nonetheless, geographic and political factors play a major role in determining the opportunities available for NPs. The more flexible you are, the more likely you are to find a match to your professional goals. Some places are insistent on using NPs in a primary care capacity even in specialty clinics (such as cardiology), require specific certifications/licensure (acute vs primary care, adult vs family vs peds), and work schedules/responsibilities, and earning potential.
Felt like I was reading a pseudothesis going through this post lol. Too many fancy words like "integral, caveat, indispensable, etc etc, with no data to back it up.
NPs have been established and essentially they are becoming in some ways Unestablished with weaker educational standards. USED to, the top nurses, with experience, etc would attain an FNP degree, which is not now true (in before the hate from direct entry people of which I have no opinion of) and now everybody does it because its "cool" and you get a "white coat"
The school I went to used to be somewhat hard to get into (for NP schools) and even required the GRE (which may or may not be a great test but at least you have to put forth effort to do average on it), now they have dropped that, dropped any hard GPA requirement, etc.