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A Spotlight on the FNP Nurse

Nurse practitioners (NPs) perform many of the same functions as a doctor, like diagnosing patients and prescribing medications. Similar to a doctor, NPs have several options for specializing. Here are some of the advantages of becoming a family nurse practitioner (FNP).

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What is an FNP?

Family nurse practitioners work with patients of all ages, from children to the elderly.

Because of the type of care they provide, these nurses tend to work with the same patients over a long period of time and develop long-term relationships with them.

FNPs can work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Doctor’s offices
  • Clinics
  • Private homes
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • And many other healthcare facilities

 Benefits of Being an FNP Nurse

Increased Job Prospects

More of all types of nurses are going to be needed to close the staffing gap, but employers are expected to favor nurse practitioners.

Better Earning Potential

Increased Autonomy

NPs have additional responsibilities compared with an RN, and many duties that align more with those of a doctor, including:

  • Managing patients’ overall care
  • Diagnosing/treating acute and chronic conditions
  • Prescribing medications
  • Educating patients

Each year, NPs treat patients in more than 1 billion visits. All NPs must earn a master’s degree from an accredited program.

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s online FNP degree program is designed to deepen your understanding of diverse treatment methods on a schedule that works for you.