What Does An Adult Nurse Practitioner Do? All adult nurse practitioners (ANPs) are registered nurses (RNs) who have become advanced practice nurses. While their focus is on seniors, ANPs also care for other patients who are at least 12 years old. These nurses are leaders responsible for educating, organizing, and managing a team to appropriately handle routine tasks as well as emergencies. ANPs frequently interface with families of patients. Some states give nurse practitioners the authority to write prescriptions. What Are The Job Roles For An ANP? Johnson & Johnson cites these functions as key: Performing routine screenings and check-ups Ordering lab tests Diagnosing diseases and other illnesses Determining appropriate types of treatment Job Characteristics Work is highly structured. Responsibilities are multifaceted. Jobs tends to be patient-facing. Job demands require independence. What Education & Certification Is Needed For An ANP? Following this career path requires becoming an RN, on-the-job experience, achieving advanced practice status, and becoming certified. AllNursingSchools indicates that RN candidates must complete either an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Another option is completion of a hospital nursing program. After graduation, candidates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to qualify for licensing in their state of choice. Licensed RNs can advance to adult nurse practitioners after completing a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) that includes a specialization in adult or gerontological nursing. An MSN typically requires hundreds of hours of clinical experience in addition to coursework. ANPs might also elect to earn doctorates. Some colleges and […]
What Does An Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners Do? Adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioners (AGACNPs) are healthcare professionals with a specialization in acute care. These critical-care experts have also chosen a geriatric subspecialty. They handle complex patient circumstances, including assessing an immediate health situation, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, and developing a treatment plan to stabilize a patient or maximize overall senior health. In some states, they are authorized to write prescriptions. What Are The Job Roles For An AGACNP? Discover Nursing lists these primary acute care roles: Operating life support systems Serving as a patient advocate Providing necessary intensive therapy and intervention Performing assessments of potentially critical conditions With gerontological patients, other important responsibilities include managing pain and assessing the need for preventive care. Job Characteristics Shifts are fast-paced Work is multifaceted Responsibilities are structured Jobs include considerable patient contact Work requires a high degree of independence What Education & Certification Is Needed For An AGACNP? An AGACNP career begins with achieving registered nurse (RN) status. This requires completing a hospital nursing program or nursing training that awards a two-year or a four-year degree. A graduate must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to be eligible for employment as an RN. To become an AGACNP, a nurse must become an advanced practice nurse. This initially requires a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), then a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) to become a nurse practitioner. Some AGACNPs complete doctorates. Nurses with the appropriate work experience can take certification exams offered by two nursing organizations.
When you are working with ill patients and a stress-filled job as a nurse, keeping healthy yourself becomes a priority. Sure, there are precautions such as gloves and masks. But your health incorporates everything including staying physically, nutritionally and mentally healthy to do your best job and to enjoy life. Maintaining that ideal balance between work and life can be tough, but so worth it, says nurses who have been doing it for a while. Here are their suggestions on several topics that can keep you strong, fit and happy in your career and life: Exercise and Sweat – At least a few times a week, Carmela Marasigan takes 20 minute walks in her hilly neighborhood in Queens, N.Y. “I find that sweating is a great stress reliever. They say that when you sweat, you release all your toxins. Plus, at my age, if the walking helps give me some tightness in parts of my body, that’s another benefit. I want to look good, too,” she says. She works as an assistant nurse manager in the Cardiac Care Unit at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, and has been a nurse for nine years. She has been continually going to school the past 12 years, first getting an associates in nursing, then a bachelor’s and recently a master’s. “Because of my hours (working 12 hour shifts at night), it’s been extremely challenging to be physically and nutritionally healthy,” she adds. “But when I do exercise, it always makes me feel better.” Good Sleep – Working weird hours and long shifts can take a toll on anyone. “But you really need to get some sleep in. Lack of sleep can contribute to fatigue and medical errors,” says Karen Urban, […]
Just like any profession that involves dealing with the public, nursing can mean working with people that are difficult in a manner of ways. You can run into all reactions including defensiveness, anger, fear, demandingness, hysteria and a whole list of other things And that’s just the patients, not the families that you need to work with and work around. Add in medications or diseases that can cause confusion, drowsiness or agitation, and it’s a whole new ball game of trying to give the best care, professionalism and empathy. But there are useful strategies in handling the unrelenting, frustrated, unpleasant or uncooperative patients. “Sometimes, those working in the health care industry get desensitized. You do things over and over again. But you need to really look at how you are interacting with those around you,” said Kathleen Bonvicini, executive director of the Institute for Healthcare Communication in New Haven, Conn. The organization offers the workshop “Difficult Clinician-Patient Relationships” to help all types of health care professionals a chance to understand how to improve these sticky relationships. “We all have our internal biases. We all have those moments that the hair on the back of our neck goes up because of certain patients,” she says. “Or we might have come to work after having a fight with our spouse, or we haven’t had our morning coffee before we have to see a patient. It can be anything, and that leaks out sometimes in our body language.” For whatever is going on and whatever type of patient you are dealing with, there is a way to handle the situation. Here are what the experts say to do with certain patients and situations: Is it Them or You? — Figure out if it […]
Patients are increasingly turning to nurse practitioners instead of physicians for a number of reasons. For one thing, they may be more accessible since physicians’ offices are sometimes overcrowded and an appointment is hard to come by. It can also help lower the cost of medical treatments since nurses don’t bill out as high as doctors do. Mostly it’s because people are coming to realize that nurse practitioners are extremely capable and knowledgeable health professionals that can offer a high level of excellent care. In fact, because of their background in nursing, some even say that nurse practitioners have a unique ability to make stronger connections with their patients. As more nurse practitioners open their own practices or become more commonplace in medical facilities, the big question that’s been on the mind of those in the medical community is if nurses can actually replace doctors. There is no simple answer, but there’s no doubt that nurse practitioners are certainly making an impact in the healthcare world. Take a look at how nurse practitioners compare with doctors, and why in some cases, their services might be interchangeable. What can nurse practitioners do NPs have to go well beyond the education and training of a regular RN in order to practice at that advanced level. For starters, you must complete a master’s or doctoral degree program, and then complete advanced practice nursing licensure, which usually includes on-the-job experience and passing exams. From there, you could even go on to obtain an NP specialization such as in pediatrics, gerontology, or diabetic care. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) sums it up this way: “As clinicians that blend clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis […]
What Does An Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Do? An acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) is an advanced practice nurse who specializes in acute care nursing. Some choose a subspecialty such as geriatric or pediatric acute care. These nurses are also called critical care nurse practitioners. They deal with human responses to life-threating events and conditions. ACNPs in some states have the authority to write prescriptions. They are clinical experts with oversight for evaluating and treating patients in acute situations and assessing any changes in condition. What Are The Job Roles For An ACNP? Discover Nursing lists these major ACNP roles: Operates systems for life support Serves as a patient advocate Provides intensive therapy and intervention as needed Performs assessments of conditions that could be critical Job Characteristics Jobs have a fast pace Jobs tend to be multifaceted Positions are usually structured Work is face-to-face with patients What Education & Certification Is Needed For An ACNP? All nurse practitioners are registered nurses (RNs). The path to becoming an RN begins with completing a hospital program or a two- or four-year degree in nursing. In order to become licensed to work as an RN, a candidate must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). To enter acute care nursing, at least a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is necessary. A nurse practitioner has a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and some hold doctorates. Various types of critical or acute care certification are available from professional nursing organizations. Among the schools offering this training are: Maryville University The Ohio State University (gerontology subspecialty) Grand Canyon University (gerontology subspecialty) What Are The Are The Degree Requirements For An ACNP?
Throughout the country every night, nurses put on their uniforms and head to work as everyone else is sleeping. It’s one of those professions that doesn’t stop at 5 p.m. when everyone else goes home. But night shift work can cause problems with someone’s health not just their sleep patterns. According to the International Classifications of Sleep Disorders, shift workers are at increased risk for a variety of chronic illnesses such as heart disease and gastrointestinal diseases. Working in the health field, nurses understand they are at risk for a lot of problems if they work late at night. But for those who have been doing the night shift for a while, they have some great advice to bestow upon others on how to keep happy and healthy despite the dark forces against them. “It’s about having the right attitude,” says Felicia Rasmussen of Lincoln, Neb. She just recently spent two years on the night shift as a registered nurse at the Tabitha Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. “If you are passionate about what you do, the hours are irrelevant. It is about being the best nurse you can and giving the best care to your patients.” But it is also about being the best you can be to yourself and your family, she says. Here are some survival tips for being a nurse on the night shift: Food for Thought It would be so easy to just pick something up to eat at the hospital each night. But Michelle Diederich, registered nurse at the Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, brings her own lunch to work most nights. “By doing this, I am able to make healthier choices. I also try to limit myself from going to the cafeteria at work to […]
Sandi Thorson not only works as a registered nurse on 12-hour shifts, but this South Dakota woman is a wife, mom, grandmother and a student earning her masters of nursing administration. “So my life is very hectic. Sometimes, I feel I am just lucky to get the things done that I need to,” she says. She works in the Women’s Center at Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D. She carries around a piece of paper during her shifts that lists all of the important tasks and times they are to be completed. Time management remains an important skill she tries to perfect every day. “My day can change in a heartbeat. So, I try to stay on top of things and not get to where I am feeling behind,” she says. Developing organizational skills and patience and utilizing well-needed short breaks can eliminate a lot of the normal stresses that others might not be able to. That allows you to flourish in all the tasks that get piled up during a nurse’s shift and to then enjoy your time at home. Here are some of the skills, personality characteristics and other tips that can help nurses manage their workload and their home lives, and hopefully be happier and more productive in both areas of their lives. Curious about traveling as a nurse? Click here to learn about new opportunities. Flexibility and Patience “Nurses have to stay organized. They have to know how to prioritize, yet there are so many things going on around them that they also have to be flexible in an ever-changing environment,” says Susan Freeman, president of Healy Johnston, Inc., a management and technology consulting firm in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Those can be hard traits to exude all […]
As a nurse, you are probably used to seeing your colleagues list a whole bunch of acronyms after their names that represent their credentials. Whether you’re just starting out or are in the process or advancing your nursing career, you’ll come to realize that credentials – and how you display them – are important. They indicate that you know your nursing stuff, are legally licensed to practice, and are competent in your specific area of nursing. To help avoid any confusion as to which designations should get top billing, there is a specific procedure for displaying your credentials in a uniform way. “Having a standard way ensures that everyone—including nurses, healthcare providers, consumers, third-party payers, and government officials—understands the significance and value of credentials,” says the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA) With so many educational and professional achievements, how do you know the proper way to display your credentials? Here’s a breakdown, based on the ANA’s recommendations, on how to flaunt your nursing know-how: Start by listing your highest earned degree. Educational degrees are the most important because they are permanent. Once you earn them, they stay with you throughout your professional life. Whether you earned an advanced degrees like a doctoral (PhD, DNP, EdD, DNS) or a master’s (MSN, MAN, MS, MA), a four-year bachelor’s degree (BS, BSN, BA), or a two-year associate degree (AD, ADN), show off your school accomplishments. If you’ve earned a non-nursing degree, that is usually not included unless it’s directly related to your nursing job somehow. One example of a relevant, non-nursing degree might be if you are a nurse manager and you earned your MBA. If you do wish to […]
Gone are the days when nursing was just about hands-on patient care and manually filling out medical charts all day long. Today’s nurses are not only skilled health care practitioners, but they must also be tech savvy in order to keep up with medical advances, unique patient care solutions, and communications tools. The good news is that such technological improvements have made it possible to spend more time caring for the actual patients, have helped limit human error (such as mixing up charts), and have even helped ease some of the physical demands of being a nurse. Take a look at some of the ways that nurses are using technology including apps and software to advanced equipment, so you know what to expect when you head to work in a health care setting. Nursing technology at a glance With more and more technology enhancements being used in health care institutions and hospitals – from electronic health records and GPS-tracked medical equipment to tech-driven drug dosing and smarter alarm and alert systems – nurses are expected to know their technology. And that doesn’t only go for advanced nurse practitioners. Staff RNs must be able to learn and adapt quickly so they can begin implementing various tech updates into their daily work. Here are some of the popular nursing technologies that are becoming more commonplace: Smart phone apps are being used more often to stay in communication with one’s health care team. This will eventually replace the old pager systems that are not always 100 percent reliable. Mobile access to information about drug interactions and other reference materials allows nurses to pull up information on the spot, rather than having to lug around heavy books, or step out to search for information. Electronic patient […]