Hi all,I've been following this forum for a couple years now, since I started contemplating a career change into nursing. Recently, making my decision on a Master's program, I've even been reading back through all the old threads to help solidify my decision. Many hours of NP land!! Some things are still clear as mud, mainly how much choosing FNP/ANP will restrict someone hoping to mainly work in an outpatient specialty office but who MAY be asked to round on inpatients. In my area I'll be OK, but I'm not sure where I'll end up living later in life. Not too excited about going back for a post-master's while working a full-time NP job, unless I really have to. I'm hoping to do outpt cardiology, but have applied for the FNP so I can have other options when looking for jobs.I know from the zillion posts that Texas is really cracking down on FNPs for this. I'm in CT, and most of the cardiology office NPs I've seen are FNP/ANP. Many are hospitalists. Some perform the ACNP function in the ICU. Some are ACNPs and we do have local programs producing them so it's not a shortage issue for the hospitals. What's more, in asking these ANP/FNPs they'd never heard of all these restrictions going on in other areas. My question is, since many people just write in "well, in my area they're starting to come down on this...or I've heard of this being an issue in some places....." WHERE are these geographical areas other than Texas? Where is the FNP/ANP being restricted and to what extent? 1) Sees outpatient and inpatient2) Sees outpatients ONLY 3) Not only restricted to outpatients, but only general PRIMARY care outpatients, no outpatient specialty officesA lot of NPs have written that they have training to specialize, whereas FNP/ANP don't. But if you do clinical rotations and take a job doing similar, aren't you covered? Are people talking about specializing inside the hospital, or outside? Sorry it's long-winded. It kills me that nursing is so all over the place and we have to guess on the best path, but given where I am I'm not switching to PA instead. Onward and upward! Thanks for all your help in the many threads already touching on this as well as what anyone adds in here!