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fltnurse has 5 years experience and specializes in Emergency, Flight Nursing.

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I am going through my BSN program and will be applying to NP school soon. I live in AZ and I am trying to finish my NP prior to 2015 so I won't have to get a DNP. I have worked emergency medicine since 1997, first as a paramedic and now as an ER nurse. I want to continue working ER but I don't know which route to take. All of the NP's I know in ER have their FNP so that they can care for children. I have heard that the state wants to require ACNP to work ER. I have been on the AZBON website and cannot find any info or position on this. Anybody from AZ have any insight that they can give me?

Thanks in advance

Jason

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nomadcrna has 30 years experience as a CRNA, NP and specializes in Anesthesia, Pain, Emergency Medicine.

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Lots of rumors. Best thing to do is call the AZ board. I can tell you that AZ is number 1 for independent practice and I highly doubt this is true. There are to many rural ERs covered by FNPs right now in Az. The ACNP can't solo cover an ER.

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NURSE PRACTITIONER DESCRIPTION OF ROLES AND FUNCTIONS

• Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses who have acquired the formal education, extended

knowledge base and clinical skills beyond the registered nurse level to practice in an advanced

role as direct health care providers.

• Nurse Practitioners are authorized to practice by the Board in a specialty area via their registered

nurse licensure and advanced practice certification in a specialty area.

• Nurse Practitioners may perform additional skills within their specialty area for which they have

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• Nurse Practitioners provide health care services within their specialty area to individuals, families

and groups including but not limited to admission, management of care, discharge and follow up,

in ambulatory, acute, long term and other health care settings.

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treatments in the direct management of acute and chronic illness and disease.

• Nurse Practitioners serve in multiple roles, including but not limited to, direct providers of care,

health care researchers, consultants, and educators.

• Nurse Practitioners may work in independent practice.

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Lots of rumors. Best thing to do is call the AZ board. I can tell you that AZ is number 1 for independent practice and I highly doubt this is true. There are to many rural ERs covered by FNPs right now in Az. The ACNP can't solo cover an ER..

I'd give New Mexico a slight edge as their BON was the fastest and most efficient I've ever seen. I received a personal phone call from them in 8 business days telling me I had a license. I'd have never known my AZ license was ready if I hadn't checked their website months later!

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nomadcrna has 30 years experience as a CRNA, NP and specializes in Anesthesia, Pain, Emergency Medicine.

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Nothing to do with how fast you get your license. Its about independent practice.

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CB0QFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.eileenogrady.net%2Fupload%2FRanking%2520of%2520states%2520AJNP_April_07_%255Bfinal%255D.pdf&rct=j&q=states%20rating%20nurse%20practitioner%20for%20independent%20practice&ei=eJjYTd_dEtKCtgfZhJjPAQ&usg=AFQjCNEPuDsZq3xsSx-p84fjTGl3zLuL0w

1 ARIZONA 30 40 2 WASHINGTON 30 40 3 WYOMING 30 37 4 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 30 35 5 NEW HAMPSHIRE 30 40 6 MONTANA 27 37 7 OREGON 27 36 8 NEW MEXICO 27 40

30 100 28 98 30 97 30 95 25 95 30 93 30 92 25 91

Grade A: State is exemplary for patient choice

9 CONNECTICUT 10 RHODE ISLAND 11 UTAH 12 IOWA

13 ALASKA 14 NEW YORK 15 IDAHO 16 NEW JERSEY 17 KENTUCKY

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Grade B: State partially supports patient choice

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Nothing to do with how fast you get your license. Its about independent practice.

Thanks, I'll look at this soon as I get a chance. Basically what I meant was that in NM NP's are totally independent...and the BON is the most responsive I've ever seen in my life.

I'll probably be next door in Az after this job. Any recommendations about which parts of the state to avoid?

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