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Good to have you with us and good to read of your interest in nursing and advanced practice nursing.
First, let me educate you on the types of advanced practice nursing (APN). There are four (4) levels of the APN:
- Nurse Practitioner (NP)
- Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
- Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
When one decides to become an NP, there are several specialty areas such as:
- WHNP (women's health nurse practitioner)
- NNP (neonatal nurse practitioner)
- PNP (pediatric nurse practitioner)
- ANP (adult nurse practitioner)
- ACNP (acute care nurse practitioner)
- PMHNP (Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner)
- FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner)
There are several
other specialties as well.
An NP can practice in the field of dermatology. There are post-grad Fellowships that the NP can do in dermatology, but there is not a post-grad certification as an NP in dermatology (yet) as recognized by the two main certifying bodies, the ANCC or the AANP.
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