What is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)?

APRN stands for advanced practice registered nurse. At a minimum, APRNs are registered nurses who have earned a graduate-level degree. APRNs have advanced knowledge in specific fields of focus such as a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist, to provide care for particular populations.

What does a typical day look like for an advanced practice registered nurse?

The daily duties of APRNs vary depending on their specialization. Overall, APRNs analyze patient data to determine proper plans of care. Some APRNs have prescriptive authority, depending on their concentration and the state in which they practice.

Where do APRNs work?

APRNs can work in hospitals, private clinics, long‑term care facilities, educational settings, as well as environments centered around healthcare policy.

What soft‑skills do you need to be an APRN?

In all APRN roles, patient communication skills are pivotal. Essential qualities synonymous with APRNs also include critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, organizational skills, stress management, and collaboration.

How do you become an APRN?

To enroll in an APRN program, you must meet the school’s admission requirements and obtain licensure as a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree or higher. Once you have your bachelor’s degree in nursing and all other credentials for admission, you are then ready to move forward with your future, to apply for your graduate APRN degree.

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