Title Question

  1. Hi all,

    I'm a new FNP and I'm wondering about my title. I passed AANP, so I'll be FNP-C. I was previously certified as a pediatric RN. Do I still use that in my title? Am I ounurse MSN, FNP-C, CPN? Or just ounurse MSN, FNP-C?
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    About OUNURSE, MSN, NP

    Joined: Mar '09; Posts: 24; Likes: 1
    Family Nurse Practitioner; from US
    Specialty: 7 year(s) of experience in Pediatric ED and ICU, Family Practice


  3. by   traumaRUs
    Depends on your states rules.

    For instance I'm a Cert ER RN but don't work in the ER aypt the present time.

    IL where I'm licensed says I'm traumarus, APN
  4. by   tryingtohaveitall
    I thought if your certification was still current, you can still use it.

    Mine is: me, MS, CPNP, CCRN
  5. by   ERNurseGuy
    The convention is to place your educational degree first, your state issued title next, and your certification last.
    e.g. John/Mary Doe, MSN, APN, FNP.
    Your board cert letters follow, -C for AANP and -BC for ANCC.
    If your terminal degree is a doctorate, it should be listed last and you should eliminate the masters degree if you have a doctorate.
    The MSN is not necessarily listed or needed and is fairly redundant, as virtually every NP in the nation is
    prepared at the graduate level.
    If you'd like to use your peds nurse certification, by all means do it, but place it before
    your NP credentials: John Doe, MSN, APN, CPN, FNP. Just be aware that too many credentials and degrees
    after your name gets confusing to patients and colleagues alike - and can also be viewed as
    title envy or insecurity. Better to leave in your highest credentials and drop your RN credentials,
    UNLESS you're appearing as an expert witness - then I'd list every credential I have, particularly in a court document.

    I sign my name in charts and documents as XXX, APN, FNP-BC.
    My email signature says XXX, Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified in Family Practice
    If I had a doctorate, for the sake of brevity, I would write it this way: XXX, FNP-BC, PhD.
    Add the APN title when necessary.
    Hope this helps.
  6. by   Tinabeanrn
    I am a FNP too...I sign my name NP-C. There is a WHNP at my job, she signes MSN-WHNP-C. Thats too much for me. LOL.
  7. by   nomadcrna
    No, the highest degree should come first.

    Xxxx DNAP, CRNA, FNP-C
  8. by   BostonFNP
    Your state may have regulations on how your have to sign official docs.