What Is a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)?
The Role of a Family Nurse Practitioner
- managing patients’ chronic conditions
- treating minor acute injuries
- providing ongoing, or episodic, care for acute illnesses
- managing women’s health, including preconception and prenatal care
- providing health and wellness care to infants and children
- diagnosing patients and prescribing medication
- developing patient treatment plans
- conducting patient examinations
- ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests
- providing general wellness counseling
- counseling patients and family members dealing with illness
FNP Career Paths and Working Environments
- private practices
- K–12 schools or colleges and universities
- community clinics
- patient homes
- government health departments
FNP vs. NP: What’s the Difference?
- Hold a bachelor’s degree and be a licensed registered nurse (RN).
- Enroll in a graduate degree focused on FNP preparation.
- Gain clinical training, which is usually a component of the graduate program.
- Obtain national certification and state licensure upon graduation.