AGNP or FNP: How to Choose?

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An aging population combined with the decline in the number of primary care providers places unique demands on the provision of health care. Adult-gerontology nurse practitioners provide primary care to adults and the elderly, serve in administrative roles in health care organizations, and evaluate and implement health care policy and programs.

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What’s the difference between the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner and the family nurse practitioner role?

What should I consider when choosing my nurse practitioner career path?

Focus on the adult-gerontology nurse practitioner specialization

Master’s level vs. doctoral level nursing degrees: Which is right for me?

What is a "super specialization?"

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AGNP or FNP: How to Choose?

  1. 1. AGNP or FNP: How to Choose?
  2. 2. 2 Presenters • Timothy Legg, PhD, MS, CRNP, GNP-BC • Chair of Graduate Nursing Programs
  3. 3. 3 Topics to Be Covered • AGNP vs. FNP – how are they alike; how are they different? • Factors to consider with each career path • Focus on the AGNP – out of two; one • MS-AGNP vs. DNP-AGNP – which is right for me? • Questions about super-specialization – what is it?
  4. 4. 4 Specialties vs. Roles vs. Populations Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education (2008). Available at: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education/pdf/APRNReport.pdf.
  5. 5. 5 APRN Curriculum Building an APRN Curriculum within the Consensus APRN Regulatory Model. Available at: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education/pdf/APRNReport.pdf.
  6. 6. 6 Out of Two: One • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner • Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist • Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP-BC) • Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist • Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric & Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist • Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (GNP-BC) • Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist Result= AGPCNP-BC
  7. 7. 7 FNP VS. AGNP • BOTH are primary care certifications • Major consideration: population • Consider longitudinal career goals Adult/Gerontology NP= 18.07% (total) Family NP= 55.12% Advance for PA’s & NP’s. (2011). 2011 Nurse Practitioner Salary Report. Retrieved from http://nurse-practitioners-and-physician-assistants.advanceweb.com/Web-Extras/Online- Extras/2011-Nurse-Practitioner-Salary-Report.aspx
  8. 8. 8 Career Path—How Do I Choose? • MS-AGNP vs. DNP-AGNP -Goals (or what do you want to do with it) -MS & the rumor of it being obliterated by 2015 is just that—a rumor -If uncertain, go with higher degree
  9. 9. 9 Advance for PA’s & NP’s. (2012). 2012 NP & PA Salary By Academic Degree. Retrieved from http://nurse-practitioners-and-physician-assistants.advanceweb.com/Web-Extras/Online-Extras/2012- NP-PA-Salary-By-Academic-Degree.aspx
  10. 10. 10 Advance for PA’s & NP’s. (2012). 2012 NP & PA Salary By Academic Degree. Retrieved from http://nurse-practitioners-and-physician-assistants.advanceweb.com/Web-Extras/Online-Extras/2012- NP-PA-Salary-By-Academic-Degree.aspx
  11. 11. 11 Super-specialization • Is it right for me? • The setting you ultimately want to work in will determine it. • Your initial NP certification can often put you on your way.
  12. 12. 12 Advance for PA’s & NP’s. (2012). Salary by practice setting. Retrieved from: http://nurse-practitioners- and-physician-assistants.advanceweb.com/Web-Extras/Online-Extras/2012-Salary-Results-by- Specialty-and-Setting.aspx
  13. 13. 13 Advance for PA’s & NP’s. (2012). Salary by practice setting. Retrieved from: http://nurse- practitioners-and-physician-assistants.advanceweb.com/Web-Extras/Online-Extras/2012-Salary- Results-by-Specialty-and-Setting.aspx
  14. 14. 14 Questions?
  15. 15. 15 References 1. Diagram 1: Consensus Model for APRN Regulation: Licensure, Accreditation, Certification and Education (2008). Available at: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education/pdf/APRNReport.pdf. 2. Diagram 2: Building an APRN Curriculum within the Consensus APRN Regulatory Model. Available at: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/education/pdf/APRNReport.pdf. 3. Advance for PA’s & NP’s. (2011). 2011 Nurse Practitioner Salary Report. Retrieved from http://nurse-practitioners-and-physician- assistants.advanceweb.com/Web-Extras/Online-Extras/2011-Nurse-Practitioner- Salary-Report.aspx 4. Advance for PA’s & NP’s. (2012). 2012 NP & PA Salary By Academic Degree. Retrieved from http://nurse-practitioners-and-physician- assistants.advanceweb.com/Web-Extras/Online-Extras/2012-NP-PA-Salary-By- Academic-Degree.aspx 5. Advance for PA’s & NP’s. (2012). Salary by practice setting. Retrieved from: http://nurse-practitioners-and-physician-assistants.advanceweb.com/Web- Extras/Online-Extras/2012-Salary-Results-by-Specialty-and-Setting.aspx

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