FNP but work in Geriatrics?

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I am applying to msn programs and wanted to know if you know or do yourself have a Family NP but work in Geri 65 and above ? Most NP's I come accross do peds or Adults 18-65. I just want to have that option cause I am leaning more towards Geriatrics now. Thanks in advance.:redbeathe

Specializes in ER; CCT.

I have a heavy load of geriatrics at my clinic. As it stands now, when you graduate from an FNP program you will be eligible to sit for both FNP and GNP boards.

Gator FNP

65 Posts

Specializes in family, internal, pediatric.

I am a FNP. One of my prior positions was in an Internal Medicine practice. Most of my patients were >65 yo. I also went to five nursing home/rehab facilities in the area to see patients.

I, unlike you, did not like having only geriatric patients. I left and returned to family practice.

ANPFNPGNP

685 Posts

I have a heavy load of geriatrics at my clinic. As it stands now, when you graduate from an FNP program you will be eligible to sit for both FNP and GNP boards.

What?? I couldn't sit for the GNP boards without completing a GNP program. I took all THREE board exams ANP, GNP and FNP. I had to complete each program in order to sit for the boards.

jer_sd

369 Posts

Ancc has an alternative eligability to sit for the GNP exam. It requires 2000 clinical hours and some ce classes. So fnp, anp, acnp can now get certified as a gnp but states may not recognize it. ANPFNPGNP I thought you completed a combined anp gnp program followed by a fnp, did you really do 3 programs anp then gnp then fnp or did you do 3 tracts in 2 programs? Jeremy

ANPFNPGNP

685 Posts

Ancc has an alternative eligability to sit for the GNP exam. It requires 2000 clinical hours and some ce classes. So fnp, anp, acnp can now get certified as a gnp but states may not recognize it. ANPFNPGNP I thought you completed a combined anp gnp program followed by a fnp, did you really do 3 programs anp then gnp then fnp or did you do 3 tracts in 2 programs? Jeremy

I did a dual ANP/GNP program at Vanderbilt and I sat for the ANCC board exams for both certifications. I had to obtain extra clinical hours in order to complete the program. I went back to school about 3 years later to get the post-Master's FNP. Even though I was already a practicing and licensed NP, I had to "redo" clinical hours in adult and gero. The Texas Board of Nursing won't let people duplicate clinical hours.

BarbaraNP

68 Posts

Specializes in NP Business Coach, Mentor, Business Ed..

I started as a GNP (certificate) and later went back to school for FNP. I much prefer adults and geriatrics.

I have my own practice, a good percentage of my pts are geri and I also see pts in ALF's (all geri).

BarbaraNP

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