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Working As A Certified 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

  • $102,130

    Average Salary

What Does A Certified Nurse Practitioner Do At St. Francis Health Care Services

* Completes an in-depth orientation to the PACE model of care and meets position specific competencies prior to working independently.
* Performs face-to-face comprehensive history and physical on new LIFE participants.
* Coordinates with the interdisciplinary team to develop a comprehensive care plan for each participant.
* Integrates the primary care treatment plan into the overall plan of care developed by the interdisciplinary team.
* Interacts with team members to meet emergent and acute needs of participants.
* Evaluates and treats participants during acute illness.
* In consultation with the Primary Care Physician refers participants to medical specialists as indicated.
* Practices collaboratively with the Primary Care Physician and Medical Director.
* As requested and directed by the Primary Care Physician, manages care of participants in the nursing home and assisted living: Provides regular visits as dictated by nursing home standards and participant need.
* Performs telephone contact with nursing home staff as required.
* Participates in discharge planning for acute and long-term placement.
* Documents all participant encounters and follow-up activity in Truchart, the LIFE electronic health record and fulfills required charting and reporting requirements.
* Functions as a member of the interdisciplinary team.
* Maintains regular attendance at, and participants in interdisciplinary team meetings; communicates participant changes, collaborates on care planning decisions and coordination for 24 hour care delivery
* Provides relevant participant and caregiver education.
* Educates and trains participant and caregivers in appropriate care and interventions.
* Provides staff in-service on a variety of relevant topics.
* Completes and documents appropriate diagnostic coding.
* Advises the Medical Director and Primary Care Physician? in ways and means to establish better accountability of LIFE services to participants and referral sources, keeps Medical Director aware of needed material and human resources as program expands.
* Assists with the development of clinical standards of care; performs on-going monitoring and evaluation of patient care practice and service delivery; provides guidance and training to staff regarding medical and quality assurance issues.
* Protects privacy and maintains confidentiality of all company procedures, results and information about employees, participants and families.
* Follows all LIFE Policies and Procedures and OSHA safety guidelines.
* Participates in continuing education classes and any required staff and training meetings.
* Maintains professional licensure and certifications.
* Provides information about LIFE PACE Program to interested individuals and groups in adherence to PACE regulations.
* Practices Universal Precautions and follows all appropriate Infection Control procedures.
* Maintains an environment of teamwork between staff, physicians, participants and families.
* Participates in regularly scheduled health center staff meetings and educates staff regarding care and treatment of the elderly.
* Participates in and supports Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement activities.? Gathers and summarizes data for the department Director as requested
* Only acts within the scope of his or her authority to practice in the State of Delaware.
* Performs other related duties as assigned

What Does A Certified Nurse Practitioner Do At UPMC

* Assure equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department.
* Establish appropriate and effective communication strategies.
* Establish professional and respectful interpersonal relationships.
* Contribute to the universal unit activities including, but not limited to, responding to call lights and telephones, passing meal trays and transporting residents.
* Maintain current CPR certification.
* Constructively receives feedback and direction.
* Identify and communicates learning needs to the unit manager.
* Take action to improve knowledge, skills and performance.
* Request assistance in planning and prioritizing activities as needed.
* Participate in self-review as requested by the unit manager.
* May apply, monitor and remove resident restraints as per physician or facility protocol.
* Provide diversional activities to reduce or prevent use of restraints.
* Document in the medical record according to established procedures.
* Comply with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions and understands policies and procedures for blood borne pathogen exposure.
* Strictly adhere to all policies and practices relative to resident care and facility related information.
* Responds within the scope of the nursing assistant role to emergent situations.
* Provide direct resident care as directed by the RN and LPN including all activities of daily living such as bathing, feeding, dressing, transporting, toileting and ambulating residents.
* Maintain an environment conducive to resident safety and recovery including, but not limited to, completing safety checks, keeping the department and resident rooms clean and organized, cleaning department specific equipment, changing bed linens, emptying linen hampers, keeping hallways clear of equipment and returning equipment to proper storage.
* Responds to resident needs and calls in timely manner.
* Acquire and distribute supplies and equipment to facilitate resident care delivery including, but not limited to, , ordering, charging/crediting supplies, setting up resident care equipment within the scope of the nursing assistant position and stocking resident rooms and unit supply areas.
* Deliver resident nourishments and assist with feeding as needed; fills water pitchers.
* Perform routine tests such as resident weights, vital signs and Intake &Outputs.
* Provide feedback to the RN/LPN regarding resident care and reports changes in resident status in timely manner.
* Suggest and support changes within the department.
* Assume responsibility for assignment and views problems as challenges.
* Demonstrate awareness of behavior on the efficient functioning of the department

What Does A Certified Nurse Practitioner Do At Mercy

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* Provides direct patient Care under the supervision of RN/LPN in a competent, personalized, and compassionate manner.
* A.
* Successfully demonstrates proficiency of basic skills, equipment, and procedures, including unit specific skills.
* B.
* Assists RN, LPN or physicians staff with examinations procedures and other processes related to patient care.
* C.
* Reviews and completes assigned tasks initiated by the interdisciplinary care team.
* D.
* Promptly communicates problems to the interdisciplinary team.
* E.
* Assists with and accompanies patients during admission, transfer, and discharge processes .
* F.
* Provides activities of daily living care; which may include feeding, bathing, pericare/foley care, oral/dental hygiene, combing hair, back care, assistance with dressing, changing bed linen, cleaning over-bed table and bedside stand, straightening room, and other general care as needed.
* G.
* Clears overbed table prior to meal times.
* H.
* Promptly passes trays and assists with positioning patient and preparing food items if necessary.
* I.
* Fresh ice water provided to patient at 0630 and 1830 as needed.
* J.
* Promptly notifies nurse when patient complains of pain.
* K.
* Proves general patient care such as position patients, lifting and turning, assisting in use of bedpan or commode, and ambulating per treatment plan.
* Uses body mechanics and available resources to provide for patient and coworker safety.
* L.
* Vital signs per department routine, or as ordered by physician, may include temperature, pulse, respiration, weight, blood pressure, pulse oximetry.
* Immediately reports VS or patient condition that is not within hospital or department defined parameters.
* M.
* Accurate Intake and Output measurement.
* N.
* Checks for reddened areas or skin breakdown and reports to RN or LPN.
* O.
* Keeps patients clean, dry and bed and room tidy at all times.
* Protects modesty by covering and draping patients.
* P.
* Assists with restocking isolation carts & nurse servers.
* Q.
* Complies with Isolation Precautions utilizing appropriate PPE when caring for patients in isolation.
* R.
* Provides post-mortem care and assists in transporting bodies to the morgue.
* S.
* Promptly corrects and/or reports unsafe conditions to the RN or LPN.
* T.
* Adheres to policies and procedures of the facility and individual department.
* U.
* Performs capillary blood sampling (PCx) per hospital policy with accurracy
* V.
* Complies with hospital P & P with specimen labeling.
* Documents in a manner which is complete, accurate and legible in all designated areas: supportive of core measures & bundle compliance standards
* A.
* Assists with data collection (height, weight, VS) when new patient is admitted to clinical area; orients patient to department routines and hospital room.
* B.
* Documents in real time in electronic medical record; VS, weight, height, adl's and intake and output data per hospital policy.
* C.
* SCD if ordered, documentation will reflect use which is supportive of DVT prevention
* D.
* Ebicer if ordered, documentation will reflect use
* E.
* ADL's details are to be documented anytime care is provided especially bathing/linen changes/pericare & oral cares
* F.
* Activity levels such as up to BR/up bedside commode/waling in hall/up chair/turns are to be documented each time activity is completed
* G.
* Ensure that Foley securement devices are being used
* Provides age specific knowledge and skills where applicable.
* Works effectively with various cultures and ethnic groups.
* Communication skills as evidenced by:
* A.
* Communicates verbally and non-verbally in a concise, effective and appropriate manner to all hospital personnel, physicians, patients, and family/significant others:
* Reports off to oncoming CNA/PCT/SNI prior to leaving hospital.
* Hand-off patient reports are complete, concise, and accurate utilizing SBAR.
* Communications with dignity and respect to all personnel, physicians, patients and visitors.
* Checks mailbox, email and bulletin boards each shift.
* In the event of a coworker conflict or disagreement, request to speak with coworker in private and communications concerns assertively and directly.
* If resolution is not obtained, seeks assistance from Charge Nurse, Clinical Coordinator, House Supervisor or Clinical Director.
* Notifies Unit Secretary or Charge Nurse before leaving unit.
* B.
* Displays a positive attitude.
* C.
* Works as a team with other area coworkers, assisting other clinical areas as needed and/or requested.
* Proactively seeks opportunities to assists in care of all patients.
* D.
* Collaboration/Coordination:
* Ensures patient needs are met and ensures supplies available for the oncoming shift.
* Demonstrates cooperation and support as a team member.
* E.
* Encourages patient education that complements indisciplinary care plan:
* F.
* Offers suggestions toward improvement of patient care processes.
* G.
* Orients new CNA/PCT coworkers to department procedures.
* F.
* Answers all call lights and telephone promptly and professionally.
* Is able to answer questions or direct caller to appropriate personnel.
* G.
* Uses appropriate tools and resources for age, cultural or ethical needs.
* H
* Care provided using age-appropriate modification of procedure and communication
* Actively supports Performance improvement Initiatives by following hospital policies, procedures, and programs; provides ongoing peer education (i.e. Customer Satisfactions, Physician Satisfactions, Co
* Worker Satisfaction, and Process Improvement):
* Demonstrates behavior that is supportive of cost effective patient care:
* A.
* Reports occurrences to assigned nurse.
* B.
* Reports allergic/adverse medication reactions to RN/LPN.
* C.
* Adheres to Infection Control Policies.
* D.
* Adheres to Employee Health Policies.
* E.
* Identifies, documents and reports concerns where improvement will enhance patient care and safety.
* A.
* Sets priorities and utilizes time efficiently in order to complete work on time.
* B.
* Ensures items used are properly charged and utilized appropriately.
* C.
* Removes and returns discontinued equipment.
* D.
* Demonstrates work habits and demeanor which contributes to the effective functioning of the unit and department.
* Is responsive to staffing needs of the unit.
* Assists in maintaining unit cleanliness.
* Enhances professional growth and development:
* A.
* Attends education programs, mandatory inservices, workshops, and unit meetings (working towards attending 8 of 12).
* B.
* Seeks out the utilizes education from professional journals and other accepted resources.
* C.
* Incorporates knowledge obtained into practice patterns.
* Provides safe environment of care for patients, visitors and staff.
* A.
* Identification of safety, infection control, and work environment hazards with prompt resolution and/or reporting of problems.
* B.
* Demonstrates current knowledge of:
* Knowledge and compliance of HIPAA standards and regulatory agency requirements.
* Fall prevention
* Restraints.
* Disaster Plan
* Fire Safety
* Universal Precautions
* Hazardous Material Identification
* Electrical Safety

What Does A Certified Nurse Practitioner Do At NHS Human Services, Inc.

* Conduct psychiatric evaluation of NHS consumers referred for psychiatric treatment.
* Maintain complete, timely, and appropriate documentation in clinical records for individuals served.
* Complete all applications and credential information for NHS third party insurance contracts as needed.
* Other duties as assigned.
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What Does A Certified Nurse Practitioner Do At Mercy

* _
* Provides direct patient Care under the supervision of RN/LPN in a competent, personalized, and compassionate manner.
* Documents in a manner which is complete, accurate and legible in all designated areas: supportive of core measures & bundle compliance standards
* Provides age specific knowledge and skills where applicable.
* Works effectively with various cultures and ethnic groups.
* Communication skills as evidenced by:
* Actively supports Performance improvement Initiatives by following hospital policies, procedures, and programs; provides ongoing peer education (i.e. Customer Satisfactions, Physician Satisfactions, Co
* Worker Satisfaction, and Process Improvement):
* Demonstrates behavior that is supportive of cost effective patient care:
* Enhances professional growth and development:
* Provides safe environment of care for patients, visitors and staff

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How To Become A Certified 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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Real Certified Nurse Practitioner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Certified Nurse Practitioner, Urgent Care Winona Health Services Winona, MN Aug 24, 2016 $101,920
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Hahnemann University Hospital Philadelphia, PA Oct 01, 2010 $96,002
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner Clinical Care Associates of The University of Pennsylvania Health SYST Berwyn, PA Nov 15, 2016 $92,685
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner Clinical Care Associates of The University of Pennsylvania Health SYST Berwyn, PA Dec 15, 2016 $92,685
Certified Nurse Practitioner, Urgent Care Winona Health Services Winona, MN Aug 24, 2013 $89,741
Certified Nurse Practitioner Buckeye Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation-Gahan Gahanna, OH Sep 16, 2014 $85,280
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Sep 16, 2016 $85,000
Certified Nurse Practitioner St. Catherine Hospital East Chicago, IN Oct 25, 2015 $80,000
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner Memphis Street Pediatrics, LLC Philadelphia, PA Jan 10, 2015 $77,000 -
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner Lehigh Geriatrics Associates LLC Palmerton, PA Sep 15, 2012 $77,000
Certified Nurse Practitioner River Region Cardiology Associates Montgomery, AL Sep 20, 2010 $75,000
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner Cardiology Associates of West Reading, Ltd. West Reading, PA Sep 13, 2013 $70,000 -

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Top Skills for A Certified Nurse Practitioner


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Top Certified Nurse Practitioner Skills

  1. Vital Signs
  2. Direct Patient Care
  3. Assistance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Job Duties: Took vital signs, charted patients' health information in the computer, and admitted new patients upon request
  • Assisted licensed nursing staff in providing direct and indirect patient care.
  • Assist patients in nursing home by providing care for their health and personal assistance.
  • Follow clinic standards in patient billing, coding, policies, procedures, and environmental and infection control standards.
  • Provided patient care with another coworker in a home health care setting.

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