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I am a licensed Adult Advanced Practice nurse. What do I need to do to become a Family Advanced Practice nurse?

Wednesday June 19, 2013
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Question:

Dear Donna,

I am a licensed Adult Advanced Practice nurse. What do I need to do to become a Family Advanced Practice nurse?

Adult APN

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Adult APN,

Contact some schools that offer Family APN degrees, preferably the one where you received your adult NP education — find out what additional course work and clinical work is required. Once you complete that, you will need to take steps to become certified in the new specialty in your state, just as you did for your original advanced practice certification.

You may want to contact your state chapter of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (www.aanp.org) for additional information and support.

Best wishes,
Donna


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