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Become An Internal Medicine Nurse Practitioner

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Working As An Internal Medicine 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

Example Of What An Internal Medicine Nurse Practitioner does

  • Nurse, Internal Medicine Telemetry: Responsibilities:.
  • Emphasized health promotion and maintenance.
  • Assess, diagnose, and treat acute and chronic illnesses and injuries in the primary care setting.
  • Evaluate patients health conditions, prescribe medications, laboratory and diagnostic testing, and coordinating patient care with other specialties.
  • Team Lead RN and project management for clinic staff and diabetes outreach sites.
  • Coordinated medical assistants Diagnosed and treated chronic healthcare issues and provided minor acute care.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of diabetes program at military clinics.
  • Deliver direct patient care in both the Adult and Pediatric patients including telephone triage, injection administration, and patient education.
  • Direct, coordinate, or supervise the patient care activities of nursing or support staff.
  • Assisted in patient diagnosis, treatment and care.
  • Managed chronic care and urgent care needs of adolescent and adult patients.
  • Provide primary care through assessments, diagnosis and plan of care.
  • Conduct complete physical exams, provide treatment and counsel patients.
  • Provided patient education on preventative medicine.

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How To Become An Internal Medicine 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.

Education

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.

Advancement

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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Top Internal Medicine Nurse Practitioner Skills

  1. Internal Medicine
  2. Direct Patient Care
  3. Primary Care
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Nurse, Internal Medicine Telemetry: Responsibilities:.
  • Deliver direct patient care in both the Adult and Pediatric patients including telephone triage, injection administration, and patient education.
  • Worked cohesively with primary care doctors while functioning autonomously in daily care of patients.
  • Performed complete physical exams, initiated orders and interpreted diagnostic testing, ordered and managed medications as required.
  • Assisted in patient diagnosis, treatment and care.

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