Family Nurse Practitioner
A career as a family nurse practitioner may be appealing to professionals who wish to deal with patients of all ages (FNP). FNPs examine patients of all ages, administer drugs, and develop treatment regimens.
What does a Family Nurse Practitioner do?
Family nurse practitioners use their additional nursing expertise to diagnose, monitor and treat sick people of all ages, sizes, and shapes. Family practice revolves around primary care. From urinary tract infections to upper respiratory ailments, FNPs deal with the basic healthcare requirements that walk in the door at any clinic or hospital in the country. They keep track of chronic illnesses like cirrhosis and diabetes and conduct regular exams to prevent issues from developing. They are dependable and knowledgeable healthcare providers that care for a wide range of patients. The following is skills and duties a FNP may have:
- Make ethical decisions
- Critical thinking
- Use effective communication skills
- Diagnosing patients
- Creating care plans for patients’
- Working efficient with the healthcare team
How do you become a Family Nurse Practitioner?
Someone wanting to become a FNP needs to earn an associate degree in nursing or a Bachelor of Science in nursing. Getting a ADN requires you to earn a BSN afterwards or enroll in a “bridge” program. The next step would be to pass the NCLEX-RN and receive an RN licensure; every state requires all nurses to have an RN license. FNPs require an advanced nursing degree to practice, so RNs with 1-2 years’ experience can enroll in an MSN program. Next requirement is to pass the national FNP certification board exam, if you pass you can acquire a state licensure as a nurse practitioner.
How much do Family Nurse Practitioners make?
A family nurse practitioners’ salary can have multiple factors that determine how much they make per year, such as education, certifications, and how much experience they have. But the average salary for a FNP in the United States as of 2021 is $112,280 but can range from $96,824 to $130,792.