NNP working with children?

  1. I was hoping to get some insight.....

    I'm a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner l(MSN) looking for a job in Illinois. It's been suggested I should apply for this position that I do find rather interesting
    PICU Neurology APN. The position involves working with the Neurointensivist (willing to train)

    I have searched the http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/apply/apn.asp
    website to see if it would be in my scope of practice. As most NNP programs focus on newborns to age 2. I have basically found no discrimation between APN's/NP's.

    Does anyone know Illinois practice regulations in regards to education?
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  3. by   Rhfish2
    The problem is that NNP can only care for newborns to 2 years old, APN's are adult nurse practitioners and depending on your state can care for 18 y/o on up, FNP (Family Nurse Practitioner's) can care from NB on up. You need to speak to your BON regarding your legality.
  4. by   traumaRUs
    OSF St Francis Medical Center in Peoria has an NNP opening.
  5. by   nnp07
    APN's are Advanced Practice Nurse's including all NP's. As a NNP, I am a APN, however as you mentioned most NNP programs focus on education/clinical experiences of the preterm infant through the age of 2. According to the Illinois Dept. of Professional Regulation, an APN is an APN. If one is credentialed as a NP, they can then apply for their APN license, and can then practice as an APN in most fields as long as they have had clinical experiences and/or education.

    I did notice the NNP position in Peoria. I've heard its a great hospital, but too far from where I will be living.

    I've decided to hold out for a NNP position, which is my true passion, and why I went back to graduate school.
  6. by   Rhfish2
    Very interesting because in NY you are not legally able to work outside of your scope of training. For example a NNP cannot work with children over the age of 2 they can only work as NNP's. That is why there are certain certifications based upon each specialty area.