APRN/APN Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner)/Advanced Practice Nurse
APRN means “Advanced Practice Registered Nurse,” and APN means “Advanced Practice Nurse.” It is the same as “Advanced Practice Registered Nurse” but is not recommended as a legally recognized title.
Both titles refer to the four recognized general areas of advanced professional specialization: CRNA, NP, CNM, and CNS:
CRNA- Certified Nurse Anesthetist
NP- Nurse Practitioner
CNM- Certified Nurse Midwife
CNS- Clinical Nurse Specialist
“Advanced practice nurse” is the general designation for all nurses with an advanced degree in a nursing program, and then it is broken down into the four specialties located above.
There are many steps to becoming an APN candidate, such as:
- Obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
- Pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).
- Some areas of specialty require additional licensure and certification.