RN to Nurse Practitioner
Nurse Practitioner Specialties:
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Adult Nurse Practitioner
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
- Gerontological or Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
- Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
- Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
- Acute Care Adult Nurse Practitioner
- Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
- Adult Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Family Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
- Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
- Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner
- Certified Nurse Midwives
- Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.
Nurse practitioner’s role / Job Descriptions for Nurse Practitioners
- Medical diagnosis, treatment, evaluation, and management of acute and chronic diseases
- Obtaining patient histories and conducting physical examinations
- Ordering and performing diagnostic studies
- Requesting physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other rehabilitation treatments
- Prescribing drugs for acute and chronic illness
- Providing prenatal care and family planning services
- Providing well-child care, including screening and immunizations
- Providing primary and specialty care services
- Providing care for patients in acute and critical care settings and long care facilities
- Performing or assisting in minor surgeries and procedures
- Counseling and educating patients on health behaviors, self-care skills, and treatment options.
Scope of practice for Nurse Practitioners
In the United States, because the profession is state-regulated, care provided by NPs varies and is limited to their education and credentials. Some NPs seek to work independently of physicians, while in some states a collaborative agreement with a physician is required for practice.
Nurse Practitioner requirements
- Masters in Nursing
- Doctorate in Nursing
- Applicants must be a licensed registered nurses.
In the United State Of America, NPs must obtain a license from the state in which they work. Requirements differ by state but may include completing a state approved nurse practitioner program or obtaining certification from a nationally recognized certifying organization. After achieving board certification, the nurse practitioners must apply for additional credentials (e.g., APRN license) at the state and federal level. An advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) is a nurse with post-graduate education in nursing.
Nurse Practitioner Certification
The following organizations award board certification in nursing.
- National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses
- American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
- National Certification Corporation
- American Nurses Credentialing Center
- Pediatric Nursing Certification Board
- Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation