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Which is more marketable: FNP or ACNP?

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by Snickett Snickett (Member)

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I have a question, and I hope this is the appropriate forum for it. I am currently working towards my BSN, so I have time to think, but was considering continuing on towards a NP cert. I love Cardiology and everything relating to it, which would be the more marketable route- FNP or ACNP- if I wanted to work with a Cardiology Group or CVICU?

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juan de la cruz is a MSN, RN, NP and specializes in APRN, Adult Critical Care.

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As a nurse practitioner who currently works in a CVICU setting, I can tell you that when we hold interviews for prospective NP's to join our group, we tend to look at the candidates' employment background as a nurse (i.e., strong ICU, cardiovascular and hemodynamic monitoring experience). I will also add that of all 7 NP's in our group, there are 2 who are ANP trained while the rest are ACNP's. The 2 ANP's have strong CVICU backgrounds as nurses. We have received applications from FNP graduates but their resume weren't as strong as the ACNP graduates who were hired because their FNP clinical rotations did not closely match what our group is looking for.

Cardiovascular Medicine practice (or Cardiology) on the other hand, have been known to hire NP's from multiple specialty preparations (ANP, ACNP, FNP) but I know that most groups still prefer candidates with strong cardiology experience as a nurse prior to becoming an NP.

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I am an FNP in a cardiology practice. My background as an RN was emergency department. I have with my practice 13 months now and have faired very well. I did my elective rotation in cardiology and used that to help me get the position. I have a friend that recently graduated as an FNP and she also got a position in a cardiology practice.

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