A Family Nurse Practitioner or FNP is an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) and the most popular choice among Nurse Practitioner Specialties. After becoming an RN, many nurses may want to consider the freedom and diversity of furthering their career. This career pathway also leads to greater financial freedom. Unlike specifically focusing on woman’s or pediatric healthcare, the broadness of the training given in the FNP program opens the door to many other career pathways and focuses, including but not limited to the following:
· Hospitals, Emergency Rooms, and Urgent Care
The range of care needed in these places is broad and will provide a workplace experience that varies from any given day.
· Women’s Health
Many OB-GYNS will seek out FNP’s to provide a broader clinical background, giving FNP’s experience in women’s health allowing them to further this specialty if desired. However, they may also choose to move on to another area and are not limited to this field, unlike WHNP’s (Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners).
· Doctor’s offices and Clinics
Often, FNP’s opt to work in Pediatric Offices, Community Health Centers, and Hospice Care Centers. While most work full-time in this area on call for emergency (considered overtime hours), FNP’s may also work part-time, making this a flexible option.
· Long Term Care Facilities
FNP’s can serve patients of all ages making their career paths after graduation truly diverse. In the wake of COVID-19, many LTCs are eager to create Nurse Practitioner integrated business models. This being as Nurse Practitioners can meet the needs of patients as a timely, cost-effective alternative to hiring a greater number of General Physicians.
· Patient’s Homes
Proving the absolute flexibility of the FNP career path’s is the option to participate in Patient Home Visits. FNPs can provide healthcare that keeps the patient relaxed and truly allows for their care plans to be tailored to the needs of the patient.
· Private Practices (dependent on state laws)
For the more entrepreneurial FNPs, the option of Private Practice exists in 27 US states, including Utah. An ambitious choice, this career path has its challenges, but it is becoming more popular as states lift laws that previously restricted this entirely.
· Correctional Facilities
Though at first glance this path may not appeal to many, it's truly an intriguing opportunity and offers the chance to be an advocate for people who would normally be overlooked or go uncared for.
· Traveling Family Nurse Practitioners
Many times, offices will need FNPs to hold positions temporarily (this can be for just a few weeks or up to a year). Making positions in various locations available to nurses willing to be flexible and travel rather frequently.
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