FNP OR ADULT-GERONTOLOGY NP?

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Hi everyone. So I've been an RN on a telemetry floor for just 1 year now. Prior to this I have only done home care nursing for a few months. After switching to the hospital I realized that I not only hate being a floor nurse, but I really almost lost all confidence in my career choice. It has been a tough year and it is getting harder for me to want to show up to this job every week.

So, I've decided I want to go back into the out patient setting as an NP. I would really like to work in settings such as clinics managing chronic conditions - CHF, DM, HTN etc... I see a lot of clinics in the job descriptions look for FNPs but I am not necessarily interested in the pediatrics portion of healthcare what so ever so I figured I would just go the adult - gerontology route. after some research I see adult-gerontology NPs can see people as young as 13 y/o in NJ which I am OK with. I am just wondering, if not going the FNP route will hinder me from being able to work at clinics. Of course I can always work at a primary care office but I prefer clinics in urban areas. In particular I am interested in the new minute clinics CVS is launching. I am also interested in working for insurance companies as a Nurse Practitioner doing patient education, in home assessments, and prescribing meds that way.

If anyone has any advice on the route I should go or any experience with this I would love it you could share some of your knowledge!

Thanks for reading!

Specializes in DHSc, PA-C.

If you want to do minute clinic, then you would need FNP.  They see kids 18months and older.  If you want to do IM, then AGNP would be fine.  

juan de la cruz, MSN, RN, NP

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Specializes in APRN, Adult Critical Care, General Cardiology. Has 31 years experience.

FNP will give you more mileage as far as job opportunities in out-patient primary care.  If you have your mind set on adults and have a good network of potential references and contacts for a job, I say go for the AGNP.  NP opportunities tend to also depend on your own skills in seeking out potential future employers.

db2xs

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If you're interested in working in minute clinics and urgent care clinics, etc., then do the FNP.