Opportunities Await as an APRN
By: American Nurses Association
An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) is a registered nurse with graduate education and advanced clinical training in one of four roles: Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CNRA), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), or Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). APRNs are independently licensed health care providers who use their highly developed knowledge and skills to provide care for specific patient populations, including family/individual across the lifespan, adult-gerontology, pediatric, neonatal, women’s health/gender-related, and psychiatric-mental health. Benefits are numerous and include enhanced job opportunities and pay, greater practice autonomy, and increased authority to improve health care quality and delivery¹.
After working as an ICU nurse for five years, Christin Khayat chose to pursue her Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) certification to advance her career and empower her practice. She recently began her first job as an FNP at the CHI Health Kearney Clinic in Kearny, NE, and shares her journey with us.
”Once I started working as a nurse, I knew that helping people was my calling. But as I moved forward, I wanted to do more. I needed more autonomy and independence in my practice so I could be more responsive to my patients. I shadowed some nurse practitioners (NP) and fell in the love with the NP role.
I chose ANCC because it has the reputation of being challenging and requires more critical thinking. I wanted to be able to pass an exam like that – to feel confident in my new role. NP is a big change from floor nurse, and I needed to know I could do it.
I took advantage of all the certification prep tools on the ANCC website to study and prepare. That really helped me when it came time for the exam. There wasn’t anything I wasn’t expecting. Another benefit – the exam included all the topics I would be seeing on a daily basis in my new role, which boosted my confidence. Passing the exam gave me a huge sense of accomplishment.
Becoming APRN-certified opened up many doors for me. Before that, most places where I applied for jobs wanted me to be certified. Within a week of becoming certified, I received 10 job offers. That’s a huge blessing, especially in today’s job market.
I encourage people to pursue ANCC APRN certification. Not only will you learn, you’ll also gain confidence when you pass the exam. It opens up so many opportunities.”
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