A family nurse practitioner (FNP) is a primary healthcare provider who has traditionally completed 6 years of medical training. The majority of NPs complete 4-year nursing degrees (BSN) followed by an additional 2 years of advanced practice training (MSN). Accelerated programs exist for individuals with a bachelor’s degree and the core science requirements.
The Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN), prepares nurse practitioners to assess, diagnose and treat patients. We prescribe medicines in all 50 states and work independently in the majority of the states. For more information about NPs visit www.aanp.org
Nurse-midwives, similar to nurse-practitioners, are traditionally trained for 6 years; 4 years to become a bachelor’s prepared registered nurse (RN), followed by 2 more years of advanced training to become a certified nurse-midwife (CNM). CNMs are also primary care providers for women, and offer primary health care services for women from menarche through menopause.
Champions of low-intervention and normal birth, CNMs are experts in newborn care, low-risk antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum care (pregnancy, labor, delivery and after birth). We offer a holistic approach to birth, and view pregnancy, labor and delivery as normal, healthy life processes.Nurse-Midwives work in hospitals, free-standing birth centers (FSBCs) and at home. Birth center research done for over 20 years overwhelmingly shows FSBCs to be the safest possible choice for LOW-RISK women and their babies. Please read more here: http://www.birthcenters.org/webfm_send/132
For more information on birth centers and midwives, check out the American Association of Birth Centers (www.birthcenters.org).