October 25, 2015

FNP - Family Nurse Practitioner Jobs

FNP - Family Nurse Practitioner Jobs

What Does A Family Nurse Practitioner Do?

The family nurse practitioner (FNP) is among the four designations of advanced practices nurses.  These registered nurses (RNs) have a graduate education in nursing and considerable clinical experience.  They provide primary as well as specialty services under a physician’s supervision.  Some, however, work in clinics they themselves run. FFNPs are often viewed much like a family doctor by their clients. Family Nurse Practitioner indicates that there are at least 135,000 FNPs , many of whom work in areas where the shortage of family physicians is acute.

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What Are The Job Roles For An FNP?

An FNP has six important roles, according to Johnson & Johnson :

  • Diagnosing illness
  • Prescribing medication (in some states) and other treatment
  • Ordering laboratory tests
  • Assisting with minor surgery
  • Performing routine checkups
  • Preventing disease

Job Characteristics

  • Work is very structured
  • Responsibilities include face-to-face contact
  • Duties are multifaceted
  • Job requires a high degree of independence

What Education & Certification Is Needed For An FNP?

Individuals interested in an FNP path begin by becoming an RN through a hospital nursing program or a school that offers a two- or a four-year undergraduate nursing credential.  Graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination ( NCLEX-RN ) to be eligible for licensing in the state of their choice, according to Johnson & Johnson . In addition to gaining clinical experience, RNs need to complete a master of science in nursing (MSN) to be eligible to apply for FNP certification.  Training should include courses in areas like management of acute and chronic illnesses, primary healthcare issues, leadership preparation, research, and theory and practice of family nursing.  Some FNPs elect to earn a doctorate in nursing.  Two organizations award certification for FNPs.

What Are The Degree Requirements For An FNP?

FNP eligibility requires that an RN must graduate from a program that awards a master’s degree in nursing.  Most programs take two to three years to complete.  Many offers at least some coursework online.  Entry into an MSN program presumes that an RN has completed a bachelor of nursing (BSN) degree.  However, some schools offer transitional programs for RNs without a four-year degree.  For candidates who already hold an MSN, some schools have post-MSN FNP certificate programs.

Family Nurse Practitioner cites these schools as among top choices:

What Certification is Needed To Be An FNP?

FNP certification is available from two organizations, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Credentialing Center .  In order to be eligible to take a certification exam, RNs must complete relevant clinical experience and possess a master’s degree in nursing.  Certification is valid for five years, after which FNPs can renew it.

What Are the CEU Requirements As An FNP?

Each state has specific continuing education requirements that nurses must complete to remain licensed. You can find a list requirement by state in our continuing education guide.  In order to renew a certification, an FNP must complete continuing education units from approved providers.  Additionally, since U.S. healthcare regulations change continually, most employers help nurses stay updated via continuing education offered onsite or online.

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Where Can I Work As An FNP?

  • Physicians’ offices
  • Hospices
  • Your own practice
  • Nurse-managed clinics
  • Schools
  • Homes

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Vonda J. Sines is a freelance writer based in the Washington, DC area. She specializes in health/medical, career, and pet topics and writes extensively about Crohn’s disease. Her work has been published at EverydayHealth, Lifescript,, Yahoo! Health, Catholic Digest, Angie’s List Health, and on many more sites.

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