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Become A Family Nurse Practitioner

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Working As A Family 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 Family Nurse Practitioner Do

A Family Nurse Practitioner is responsible for assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients. They diagnose illnesses, conduct exams, and prescribe medications.

How To Become A Family 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 Family Nurse Practitioner Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Family Nurse Practitioner AAI Health Services Inc. Alameda, CA Jan 12, 2012 $125,220
Family Nurse Practitioner AAI Health Services Inc. Alameda, CA Jan 07, 2012 $125,220
Family Nurse Practitioner Valley Emergency Physicians Group, Inc. Turlock, CA May 01, 2013 $104,350
Family Nurse Practitioner Axis Community Health, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Dec 03, 2012 $95,000
Family Nurse Practitioner Vcare Health Services PLLC Corsicana, TX Oct 07, 2016 $93,915
Family Nurse Practitioner Neighborhood Healthcare El Cajon, CA Jun 01, 2014 $93,915 -
Family Nurse Practitioner Preventive Care Network Services, P.C. Clinton, MD Sep 13, 2014 $93,600
Family Nurse Practitioner (NP) Riverside Medical Group Newport News, VA Sep 04, 2015 $89,375
Family Nurse Practitioner (NP) Riverside Medical Group Newport News, VA Apr 09, 2015 $89,375
Family Nurse Practitioner Yanfeng Chen Physician PC New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $88,691
Family Nurse Practioner Monica P Cepin Md A Medical Corporation Chula Vista, CA Aug 23, 2016 $87,922
Family Nurse Practitioner Yanfeng Chen Physician PC New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $86,907
Family Nurse Practitioner Ilsong Jason Chong, M.D. P.A. Houston, TX Sep 01, 2015 $85,567
Family Nurse Practitioner A Plus Medical Care P.C. New York, NY Sep 10, 2013 $85,000
Family Nurse Practitioner Stanley Street Treatment and Resources Fall River, MA Sep 15, 2016 $85,000
Family Nurse Practitioner The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital Cooperstown, NY Mar 10, 2014 $85,000
Family Nurse Practitioner Presbyterian Medical Services Deming, NM Aug 15, 2013 $85,000
Family Nurse Practitioner Neighborhood Healthcare El Cajon, CA Jun 01, 2011 $83,480 -
Family Nurse Practitioner Horisons Unlimited Chowchilla, CA Feb 28, 2013 $83,480
Family Nurse Practitioner Yanfeng Chen Physician PC New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $82,270
Family Nurse Practitioner Trinity Kenmare Hospital Kenmare, ND Dec 12, 2016 $75,000
Family Nurse Practitioner Texas Health Physicians Group Arlington, TX Nov 05, 2012 $75,000 -
Family Health Nurse Practitioner Memphis Street Pediatrics, LLC. Philadelphia, PA Sep 19, 2013 $75,000
Family Nurse Practitioner Yanfeng Chen Physician PC New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $73,358
Family Nurse Practitioner Abdul Naushad M.D.P.C. Kennett, MO Jan 15, 2011 $72,000
Family Nurse Practitioner Southeastern Regional Medical Center Lumberton, NC Apr 15, 2011 $70,958 -
Family Nurse Practitioner Meridian Health Services Corp Muncie, IN Jan 31, 2013 $70,000 -

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Top Skills for A Family Nurse Practitioner


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Top Family Nurse Practitioner Skills

  1. Physical Exams
  2. Diagnosis
  3. Primary Health Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed preventive, sports and industrial physical exams.
  • Provide evaluations, diagnosis and treatment for a wide variety of illnesses, infections and injuries.
  • Provide primary health care services for patients in a correctional care setting.
  • Coordinate care with internal medicine and pediatric services after hours for appropriate follow up.
  • Ordered and interpreted laboratory and diagnostic tests.

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