What is a FNP Nurse?

An FNP nurse is a family nurse practitioner. A family nurse practitioner is a registered nurse (RN) who has passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and has earned advanced degrees such as a master’s degree (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in nursing. A family nurse practitioner sits for a national board certification exam upon graduating from an accredited program, and maintains certification through a variety of continuing education activities.

What does a family nurse practitioner do?

An FNP is typically the primary care provider for individuals and families across all ages, from infant to elderly. Family nurse practitioners diagnose, prescribe, and treat common and acute illness, with a focus on disease prevention and promotion overseeing overall health of patients in their care.

Where do FNPs work?

Family nurse practitioners may work in hospitals, clinics, private practices, hospice centers, school clinics, home healthcare, and community health centers. They also find themselves in nursing education, academia, administration roles, educational environments, and policy‑generating professions.

How do you become a FNP?

To become a family nurse practitioner, you must be licensed as a registered nurse, hold a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, and have completed the required clinical hours before applying to a master’s level FNP nursing program.

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