Complete Step 3 by examining and identifying one professional organization related to your selected or preferred specialty. Explain how you can become a member of this organization. Remember to include an introduction paragraph which contains a clear and comprehensive purpose statement which delineates all required criteria, and end the assignment Part with a conclusion paragraph. Choosing a specialty to practice in after obtaining my master’s degree is something I have not settled on. I just started classes in April so I have a bit of time to make my decision. There are many specialties that are possible to work in. Some examples of specialties include but are not limited to “Acute Care, Adult Gerontology, Psychiatric Mental Health, and Family” (nursepractitionerschools.com, 2019). The following is a comparison of the two specialties I am interested in. Step 1: Comparison of Nursing Specialties The two nursing specialties I am deciding between are Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Nurse Practitioner (NP). I currently prefer the FNP track to the NP track. Both careers require a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). “ The main FNP vs. NP difference is that an FNP program is more flexible, enabling graduates to treat people of
all ages, from infants to geriatrics. The other NP specialties are much narrower in scope and focus on a specific age group, branch of medicine, or medical setting” (Regis College, n.d.). Before entering each specialty, you must first earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and most schools require some nursing experience before being accepted into the program. The FNP usually works in an outpatient or clinic type setting. They can see patients of all ages and conditions. Often, they see the same group of patients and focus on preventative care and health maintenance. “Since FNPs provide preventative care and lifelong health relationships with their patients, they are more likely to observe natural changes throughout development than any other branch of advanced nursing” (familynursepractitioners.org, 2019). The NP track that I would choose other than FNP would be Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). I worked as a psychiatric mental health technician while going through nursing school. I learned a lot about mental health during those years. The PMHNP performs the same duties as a FNP but is also responsible for the mental health and therapy of their patients (nursinglicensemap.org, 2018). Step 2: Justification of Nursing Specialty The reason I am leaning towards the FNP track is the location I want to practice. I live in a very rural area that is referred to as a bedroom community. Most people that live here commute to other areas for work due to the lack of industry here. Healthcare here is all primary care and any special testing or diagnosing must be referred out to cities more than 50 miles away. As an FNP I would be able to help bolster the limited number of providers that service this community. The population is small but the ratio of providers to patients is large.
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