4 Advanced Practice Nursing Specialties to Advance Your Career

If you have worked as a registered nurse, you may have determined you want to do more in your career and earn a higher education. Perhaps you want to have more autonomy in your role. Perhaps you are ready for a specific specialty.

Regardless of your professional aspirations, pursuing a higher education can set you up for success in advanced practice nursing. Marquette University’s College of Nursing can help get you there.

Advanced Practice Nursing Specialties to Advance Your Career

4 Advanced Practice Nursing Specialties

1. Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners typically hold a master’s degree in nursing and pursue various sub-specialties. As a nurse practitioner, you are granted more autonomy than those with a bachelor’s degree or associate’s degree.

As with other advanced practice nursing specialties, autonomy depends upon which state you practice in. However, you will find that as a nurse practitioner, you are part of a collaborative team that provides patient care.

To become a nurse practitioner, you must earn your master’s degree in nursing through an accredited program, such as Marquette’s Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program in Indianapolis. There are five sub-specialties nurses can pursue within the nurse practitioner field through Marquette University.

  1. Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  2. Family Nurse Practitioner
  3. Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  4. Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  5. Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The Adult-Older Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program in Indianapolis is for current working registered nurses who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and want to become an ACNP. (There are a few other nurse practitioner education requirements worth looking into if you are interested in the career path.)

As an adult acute care nurse practitioner, you can provide care in an acute care setting, have advanced employment opportunities, and improved salary options, among many other benefits. You would be responsible for advanced physical assessment, diagnosis, and management of complex health problems.

Through the ACNP program, you can pursue your master’s degree and sit for the certification as an acute care nurse practitioner.

Family Nurse Practitioner

Much like a family doctor, family nurse practitioners work with patients on a long-term basis. Responsibilities include illness providing diagnoses, running through routine exams, and prescribing medications.

To become an FNP, students must first earn their MSN through Marquette University, followed by the post-master’s certification program. Upon graduation, students will be eligible to sit for the national family nurse practitioner certification exam.

Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Similar to an ACNP, adult primary care nurse practitioners work with adults to provide physical assessment and diagnosis. However, adult primary care nurse practitioners provide management of less complex health problems.

To become a primary care nurse practitioner, students must first earn their MSN, followed by Marquette University’s post-master’s certification program. Upon graduation, students will be eligible to sit for the adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner certification exam.

nurse-practitioner-advance-specialityPediatric Acute and Primary Care Nurse Practitioners

Both pediatric acute care nurse practitioners and pediatric primary care nurse practitioners work with children ranging from infants to teenagers, providing similar diagnosis services as an adult nurse practitioner.

To become a pediatric nurse practitioner, students will need a master’s in nursing and will need to complete Marquette’s post-master’s certification program. After graduating, students will be eligible to sit for the national certification exam.

2. Nurse Anesthetist

As a clinical registered nurse anesthetist, or CRNA, you can work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Pain clinics
  • Outpatient surgery centers
  • Medical centers
  • Hospitals

As a CRNA, your autonomy will differ from state-to-state. However, you will practice anesthesia care in your role.

To become a clinical registered nurse anesthetist, you will have to earn your Master of Science in Nursing from an accredited college or university and pass CRNA certification by the National Board on Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists, or NBCRNA.

3. Nurse Midwives

Certified nurse midwives provide pregnancy and post-partum care to mothers.

In order to become a nurse midwife, you must first earn at least a master’s degree, then sit for the exam as administered by the American Midwifery Certification Board.

Nurse midwives may have some autonomy in their practice, or work with a physician to provide care for expectant mothers. Nurse midwives can administer treatments, prescribe medications, and diagnose care, among other duties.

4. Clinical Nurse Specialists

Clinical nurse specialists, along with nurse practitioners, have many sub-specialties, dependent upon populations, type of care, and settings.

Clinical nurse specialists work with staff to improve patient care based on research and data, creating specialized care plans, and analyze patient care.

Clinical nurse specialists must earn a master’s degree in nursing and earn certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Want to learn more about becoming an acute care nurse practitioner through Marquette University? Speak to an admissions advisor today.

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