FNP - to surgery

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by Sun1 Member Student Pre-Student

Specializes in N/A. Has 3 years experience.

Can you all suggest if an FNP can work in any of the surgical specialities, if so how can one do so?  Does it require any further certifications? If so, which ones?  

Does it require one go to back to school to get the Acute care NP certification?   

Many thanks for all your kind suggestions!

matthewandrew, NP

Specializes in Family Nursing & Psychiatry. Has 10 years experience. 371 Posts

I see FNP work in surgery all the time. Of course it’s not recommended, but it happens. Just make sure you’re trained and review your standardized procedure. 

Tegridy

Specializes in Former NP now Internal medicine PGY-2. 357 Posts

I mostly see PAs on the surgical services but have seen a few NPs. I don't know what they do in the oR (I guess first assist) but they all seem to be used as assistants for rounding on patients. I think where I work trauma surgery has some FNPs though. Ortho, ENT, neurosurgery seem to have more PAs but it might just be the luck of the draw where I work.

I am an FNP that works in a surgery clinic (breast cancer). I used to be an OR nurse which is how I made my employment connection. I work alongside other NPs who are also FNP. We did not have NPs in the OR though. However, a neighboring hospital does use NP as first assist. I imagine some requirement is OR experience. 

Alicia777, MSN, NP

Specializes in Surgery. 310 Posts

I'm a FNP who works in surgery. I first assist in our hospital's sub-specialties; Urology, ortho, breast, ENT, plastics. In my state I need a RNFA to be in the OR as an FNP. My background is as an OR RN. I made a lengthy post about my path a couple years back, you can hit my profile and find it I think.

Good luck!

Sun1

Specializes in N/A. Has 3 years experience. 133 Posts

2 minutes ago, Alicia777 said:

I'm a FNP who works in surgery. I first assist in our hospital's sub-specialties; Urology, ortho, breast, ENT, plastics. In my state I need a RNFA to be in the OR as an FNP. My background is as an OR RN. I made a lengthy post about my path a couple years back, you can hit my profile and find it I think.

Good luck!

Can you work as a hospitalist as well? And ICU's?

Alicia777, MSN, NP

Specializes in Surgery. 310 Posts

Just now, Sun1 said:

Can you work as a hospitalist as well? And ICU's?

Hospitalist-I would think so, although all of our hospitalists are MDs. ICU I think Acute care NP is going to make more sense these days.

Sun1

Specializes in N/A. Has 3 years experience. 133 Posts

2 minutes ago, Alicia777 said:

Hospitalist-I would think so, although all of our hospitalists are MDs. ICU I think Acute care NP is going to make more sense these days.

But you do have the privileges of working in the ICU even though acute care may be the way in the future?

Alicia777, MSN, NP

Specializes in Surgery. 310 Posts

1 minute ago, Sun1 said:

But you do have the privileges of working in the ICU even though acute care may be the way in the future?

So you're asking if my FNP allows me to work in the ICU? Yes. I've been helping out there from time to time. Two thumbs down 👎 LOL

Sun1

Specializes in N/A. Has 3 years experience. 133 Posts

Just now, Alicia777 said:

So you're asking if my FNP allows me to work in the ICU? Yes. I've been helping out there from time to time. Two thumbs down 👎 LOL

You don't ike it?