Family Nurse Practitioner
|1. ||Basic description —Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) are advanced practice nurses who specialize in providing health promotion and care to patients in primary care settings. The FNP
provides primary screenings and focuses on health promotion
and disease prevention across the life span. Family nurse practitioners have many of the same duties as acute care practitioners,
but typically do not work with patients who are critically ill.
Family nurse practitioners perform physical examinations, order
diagnostic tests, establish diagnoses, prescribe medications, and
educate patient and family members regarding health and illness
conditions and treatment plans. Examples of settings in which
a FNP might practice are physicians’ offices, health care clinics,
private practice, hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health
departments, and occupational health settings.|
|2. ||Educational requirements—MSN with advanced practice certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). Programs are
generally 2 years in length combining clinical and didactic work.|
|3. ||Core competencies/skills needed:|
|• ||Ability to perform physical exams|
|• ||Ability to assess accurately when doing screenings and diagnostic tests; knowledge of normal ranges and abnormal findings|
|• ||Strong communication skills|
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Book title: 101 Careers in Nursing.
Contributors: Jeanne M. Novotny - Editor, Doris T. Lippman - Editor, Nicole K. Sanders - Editor, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick - Editor.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2003.
Page number: 46.
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