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Family Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioners are Registered Nurses who serve as primary and specialty health care providers. Much like a family doctor, Family Nurse Practitioners work with patients throughout their lives, diagnosing illness, conducting exams, and, in certain circumstances, prescribing medication. While some states still require NPs to work under the supervision of a physician, Nurse Practitioners are gaining more and more autonomy and are, in some environments, serving as their patients’ sole health care provider and running their own private practices.

Things You'll Do:

  • Diagnose illnesses
  • Prescribe medication and therapy
  • Conduct routine check-ups
  • Order patient lab tests
  • Assist in minor surgical procedures
  • Focus on disease prevention

Your job characteristics:

  • Multifaceted
  • Structured
  • Patient-facing
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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  • Get Your
    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Take courses in family nursing theory and intervention, acute and chronic illness management, research, primary healthcare concerns and leadership preparation.
  • Get Your
    Board certification in family practice through the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
  • Become a
    Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (CFNP)

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Physician’s offices
    • Your own practice
    • Hospice facilities

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $63K - $85K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • You’ll be able to develop long term relationships with your patients, which will help you to become an expert in their medical background.

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