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Become An Adult Nurse Practitioner

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Working As An Adult Nurse Practitioner

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $98,190

    Average Salary

What Does An Adult Nurse Practitioner Do At Ascension Health

* Determines, coordinates and supervises daily staffing assignments and staffing levels.
* Provides leadership, orientation, training, coaching, and mentoring to departmental clinicians.
* Assists with performance evaluations and disciplinary actions.
* Coordinates patient care with other members of the healthcare team to ensure effective and efficient patient care delivery and the achievement of desired patient outcomes.
* Assists with addressing issues related to educational initiatives, evidence based care, conflict resolution, cost containment issues, implementation of new services/systems, and performance measures

What Does An Adult Nurse Practitioner Do At Lowell Community Health Center

* As a member of the healthcare team, participates in patient care by making assessments and helping patients manage and understand their chronic illness, acute episodes, and exacerbation.
* Other duties may be assigned.
* Examines and treats patients to assure continuity of care.
* Makes assessment of each patient which includes, but is not limited to, presenting problem, medical history, allergies, psycho-social problems, medications, and current living arrangement of individuals and their families.
* Reviews lab values that are abnormal and plans appropriate disposition/treatment in absence of the primary physician.
* Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of patients served.
* Identifies need for client/family teaching and/or referrals.
* Prioritizes patient needs based on assessment and patient’s verbalized areas of concern.
* Develops a plan for teaching based on mutual goals that addresses patients assessed and stated needs.
* Participates in a multi-disciplinary approach directed toward client’s needs and care.
* Consults with other health care providers (i.e. case manager, family planning, etc.) Involves family members and/or significant others in plan of care, as appropriate.
* Provides care following approved protocols in a safe manner.
* Evaluates care provided and patient’s response to recommended course of treatment.
* Provides an opportunity to the patient, significant other, and other family members to gain knowledge about wellness, illness and rehabilitation.
* Explains procedures in a clear, concise manner, with sensitivity to patients’ level of understanding, culture, age and language.
* Documents all teaching material given to the patients, or family members including their response, comprehension and need for further follow-up.
* Demonstrates clinical competence and professional commitment in Nursing Practice by adhering to established standards of practice and utilizing appropriate scientific principles.
* Participates in the orientation/teaching process, when requested, to assure that new employee/student will become familiar with policies, procedures, and expectations for the job role.
* Is a proponent of the Improvement process and works cooperatively with team members in making necessary changes.
* Acts as a resource person to the healthcare team.
* Provides informational sessions as requested.
* Develops and maintains systems for patient educational materials and staff.
* Assumes any and all additional duties and responsibilities consistent with the aforementioned duties and responsibilities.
* Performs physical examinations and preventive health measures within prescribed protocols, guidelines and instructions of Physician.
* Orders, interprets, and evaluates diagnostic tests to identify and assess patient's clinical problems and health care needs.
* Records physical findings, and formulates plan and prognosis, based on patient's condition.
* Discusses case with Physician and other health professionals to prepare comprehensive patient care plan.
* Submits health care plan and goals of individual patients for periodic review and evaluation by Physician.
* Prescribes or recommends drugs or other forms of treatment such as physical therapy, inhalation therapy, or related therapeutic procedures.
* Refers patients to Physician for consultation or to specialized health resources for treatment.
* Participates in quality assurance activities

What Does An Adult Nurse Practitioner Do At University of Maryland, Baltimore

developing, organizing, teaching, and evaluating advanced practice courses and precepted clinical experiences; advising and mentoring students; participating in a program of scholarship; and contributing to faculty governance

What Does An Adult Nurse Practitioner Do At Ascension Health

* Obtains patient history and performs assessment via observation, interview and examination.
* Orders, performs and interprets diagnostic studies.
* Performs preventative health assessments, screening, immunizations and patient care.
* Provides direct treatment and management of health conditions via prescriptive authority or referral to other healthcare providers or community resources.
* Counsels and educates patients and their families/caregivers concerning preventative health, treatment options and community resources.
* Documents delivery of health care and nursing processes in accordance with specific specialty area standards and network nursing policy.
* Performs other duties as assigned.
* Participates in orientation and education of staff and students

What Does An Adult Nurse Practitioner Do At Ascension Health

* Assesses a patient's psychological status and provides appropriate interventions and treatments.
* Collaborates with nursing and ancillary service to provide appropriate psychological therapy for patient.
* Refers patients to other disciplines for consult and evaluations as indicated.
* Provides psychological expertise and education to multidisciplinary team.
* Acts as resource to other disciplines.
* Participates in the day-to-day operations of the department

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How To Become An Adult Nurse Practitioner

Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners, also referred to as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), must earn at least a master’s degree in one of the specialty roles. APRNs must also be licensed registered nurses in their state and pass a national certification exam.


Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners must earn a master’s degree from an accredited program. These programs include both classroom education and clinical experience. Courses in anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology are common as well as coursework specific to the chosen APRN role.

An APRN must have a registered nursing (RN) license before pursuing education in one of the advanced practice roles, and a strong background in science is helpful.

Most APRN programs prefer candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. However, some schools offer bridge programs for registered nurses with an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing. Graduate-level programs are also available for individuals who did not obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing but in a related health science field. These programs prepare the student for the RN licensure exam in addition to the APRN curriculum

Although a master’s degree is the most common form of entry-level education, many APRNs choose to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or a Ph.D. The specific educational requirements and qualifications for each of the roles are available on professional organizations’ websites.

Nurse anesthetists must have 1 year of clinical experience as a prerequisite for admission to an accredited nurse anesthetist program. Candidates typically have experience working as a registered nurse in an acute care or critical care setting.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Most states recognize all of the APRN roles. In states that recognize some or all of the roles, APRNs must have a registered nursing license, complete an accredited graduate-level program, and pass a national certification exam. Each state’s board of nursing can provide details.

The Consensus Model for APRN Regulation, a document developed by a wide variety of professional nursing organizations, including the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, aims to standardize APRN requirements. The model recommends all APRNs to complete a graduate degree from an accredited program; be a licensed registered nurse; pass a national certification exam; and earn a second license specific to one of the APRN roles and to a certain group of patients.

Certification is required in the vast majority of states to use an APRN title. Certification is used to show proficiency in an APRN role and is often a requirement for state licensure.

The National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA) offers the National Certification Examination (NCE). Certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) must recertify every 2 years, which includes 40 hours of continuing education.

The American Midwifery Certification Board offers the Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM). Individuals with this designation must recertify every 5 years.

There are a number of certification exams for nurse practitioners because of the large number of populations NPs may work with and the number of specialty areas in which they may practice. Certifications are available from a number of professional organizations, including the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Advanced practice registered nurses must be able to communicate with patients and other healthcare professionals to ensure that the appropriate course of action is understood.

Critical-thinking skills. APRNs must be able to assess changes in a patient’s health, quickly determine the most appropriate course of action, and decide if a consultation with another healthcare professional is needed.

Compassion. Nurses should be caring and sympathetic when treating patients who are in pain or who are experiencing emotional distress.

Detail oriented. APRNs must be responsible and detail- oriented because they provide various treatments and medications that affect the health of their patients. During an evaluation, they must pick up on even the smallest changes in a patient’s condition.

Interpersonal skills. Advanced practice registered nurses must work with patients and families as well as with other healthcare providers and staff within the organizations where they provide care. They should work as part of a team to determine and execute the best possible healthcare options for the patients they treat.

Leadership skills. Advanced practice registered nurses often work in positions of seniority. They must effectively lead and sometimes manage other nurses on staff when providing patient care.

Resourcefulness. APRNs must know where to find the answers that they need in a timely fashion.


Because the APRN designation is in itself an advancement of one’s career, many APRNs choose to remain in this role for the duration of their career. Some APRNs may take on managerial or administrative roles, while others go into academia. APRNs who earn a doctoral degree may conduct independent research or work in an interprofessional research team.

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Adult Nurse Practitioner Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Cantonese

  • French

  • Korean

  • Mandarin

  • Italian

  • Danish

  • Dutch

  • Dakota

  • Japanese

  • Malayalam

  • Polish

  • Hindi

  • Urdu

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Real Adult Nurse Practitioner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cardiac Adult Nurse Practitioner Cardiac Study Center, Inc. P.S. Tacoma, WA Jan 26, 2015 $85,296 -
Cardiac Adult Nurse Practitioner Cardiac Study Center, Inc. P.S. Tacoma, WA Sep 17, 2014 $85,000 -
Adult Nurse Practitioner Emily R Pineda Md Pa San Antonio, TX Sep 07, 2014 $78,541
Certified Registered Adult Nurse Practitioner Suburban Geriatrics, Inc. Norristown, PA Sep 19, 2016 $77,000
Certified Registered Adult Nurse Practitioner Suburban Geriatrics, Inc. Norristown, PA Sep 18, 2013 $77,000
Cardiac Adult Nurse Practitioner Cardiac Study Center, Inc. P.S. Tacoma, WA Oct 01, 2014 $73,900 -
Adult Nurse Practitioner Trinity Services Inc. Joliet, IL Apr 15, 2015 $72,000
Adult Nurse Practitioner A & S Khandelwal Md Inc. Medina, OH Feb 07, 2012 $66,000
Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Bhannu Health Care System Inc. Berlin, NH Jul 12, 2014 $60,000
Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Bhannu Health Care System Inc. Berlin, NH Jul 16, 2014 $60,000

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Top Skills for An Adult Nurse Practitioner


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Top Adult Nurse Practitioner Skills

  1. Primary Care
  2. Physical Exams
  3. Health History
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide primary care to adult patients in an office setting.
  • Performed admission and annual physical exams.
  • Obtain health history and performed focused physical examination.
  • Nurse Practitioner duties for internal medicine patients.
  • Document patient H & P, diagnosis, treatment, orders and clinical progress in the chart.

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