What does an Assistant Nurse Practitioner do?
Nurse practitioners (NPs) are a type of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who undergo specialized education and clinical training that allows them to provide advanced care and perform tasks that registered nurses (RNs) are not licensed to do. Nurse practitioners are often specialized in a certain field, such as pediatrics, gerontology, women's health, or mental health. NPs can examine patients, diagnose illnesses, prescribe medication, and treat illnesses, much like physicians do. Their specific responsibilities depend on their specialization and the state in which they practice. NPs may or may not be required to work under the supervision of a physician, depending on the state they work in.
There are different paths to becoming a nurse practitioner. Most aspiring nurse practitioners earn an undergraduate degree in nursing from an accredited program and become an RN first. Then, after getting some experience as an RN, aspiring nurse practitioners must earn a graduate degree, such as a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Nurse practitioners must also be licensed in the state they practice in and pass a national certification exam.
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Assistant Nurse Practitioner Career Path
Learn how to become an Assistant Nurse Practitioner, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
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“You work and learn from one of the best dermatologist and hair transplant doctors in the world. in a friendly and fun atmosphere.”
“week training program when I first started which included monthly case reviews with on of my attendings.”
“Advertised Barista position but instead was told this is a fountain position and that being a barista was something I would barley be doing.”
“Nice people to work with and enjoyable”
“Faculty position as a nurse practitioner (title was teaching associate even though primary responsibility was patient care) with good benefits.”
“My patients were fun and interesting to work with.”
“Nursing and clinical staff great to work with.”
“I am able to do what I love to do and take care of patients.”
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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an assistant nurse practitioner
When working as an assistant nurse practitioner, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are CPR Certified, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Masters Degree Education, BLS Certification, and ICU.
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The most common qualifications to become an assistant nurse practitioner include a minimum of a Graduate Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.