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FNP working in Nursing Administration


Specializes in Director of Nursing. Has 13 years experience.

I am a FNP-BC and Director of Nursing Excellence, Magnet Program. I am only in Nursing Administration.

1. Should I look for a PRN or weekend job to keep clinical hours?

Thanks in Advance!


Detroit, MI

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

Moved to NP forum for best responses

djmatte, ADN, MSN, RN, NP

Has 7 years experience.

Simple answer is yes. You need those hours to maintain your certification. You will always have your MSN (or DNP), but failure to maintain hours of your clinical population as determined by AANC will lose that certification fast. If you work in Detroit, there’s a regional homeless shelter called the Neighborhood Service Organization. They have a few in the area and hit NPs to work and see patients. The NP I did clinical last with there worked two days a week and did it mostly to maintain his primary care cert. 


Specializes in Director of Nursing. Has 13 years experience.

Thank you so much! I will reach out to them this week.

matthewandrew, NP

Specializes in Family Nursing & Palliative Care. Has 9 years experience.

Yeah I would find clinical work. You wouldn’t wanna lose your skills. 

juan de la cruz, MSN, RN, NP

Specializes in APRN, Adult Critical Care, General Cardiology. Has 27 years experience.

I will go against the grain here and say that you should ask yourself what you really want out of your career. As it stands, ANCC will allow you to renew your FNP-BC without practice hours since they simplified their criteria and made practice hours part of the renewal categories. You can actually do CEU's + academic courses, lectures/presentations, etc. and still be eligible. That said, you will likely never ever find a position as an NP unless you actually maintain some clinical practice. Plenty of people in your situation in nursing management have decided that clinical practice is not their thing even if they were trained as NP's and they are just as happy with that.