Did you know that the nurse practitioner profession has been ranked one of the top 50 professions to go into? This is the case due to the fact for the high demand as well as the great salary where the average nurse practitioner salary exceeds $90,000 a year with a lot of room for growth. This can offer a great opportunity for one who wants to become a family nurse practitioner (FNP) where you can put your focus and emphasis on providing your expertise to families that can last anywhere from clients being a very young child and providing care for them into their late teenage years. Nurse practitioners in the family practice grow so close to the clients due to long-term treatment relationships that they even often get holiday cards and invites to events, offering a gratifying career where you can make a long lasting difference and impact on countless lives.

Now even though family nurse practitioners are known for providing care throughout the family lifestyle, this cycle can also include prenatal as well as gynecological services. Other aspects of a family nurse practitioner job description can include; ordering lab tests,

  • Performing patient tests and gathering family and medical history.
  • Offering referrals when the what the patients need is beyond their scope of the FNP practice, which they will form alliances with these individuals that where they will work with each other to find the correct path of the treatment.
  • Diagnosing and treating illness through traditional and alternative methods and following through on progress in patients or lack thereof which will result in changing up the care plan.

When one is self-employed, and especially in small communities, the FNP focus involves emphasis on building health in the community as well through preventative therapy and treatment along with lifestyle changes that can result in short term and long term benefit that can both prevent as well as low the disease process.

How Do You Become A FNP?

Those who enter into the profession worked as a registered nurse for a certain number of time, which they want to challenge themselves more by attaining a more authoritative position in the health care field, along with many who want to own their own practice as being a family nurse practitioner will allow you to do just that. So the first step would be becoming a RN, which can allow you to get hands-on experience that will most likely be demanded of you for admissions into your advanced practice degree program, which most all FNP’s working today have attained their Masters Degree in Nursing that allows you to practice as a FNP, which some went over and above and attained a Doctoral Degree in Nursing.

Lastly, you will have to pass a state competency board examination for certification purposes which the testing is delivered by either the American Nurses Credentialing Center and/or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, both of which are the most esteemed names when it comes to credentialing agencies. After you have obtained your degree, you will be an advanced practice nurse which will allow you to do job tasks that you aren’t allowed to do as a traditional RN, tasks that are comparable to what physicians do, without having spend countless years in medical school.