Becoming an FNP: A Guide for Nurses

Have you considered furthering your education? Becoming a certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) can lead to greater professional autonomy. We’ve put together a guide to show you how.

Transitioning from Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to a Family Nurse Practitioner will give you access to a wider range of roles and challenges. Use this guide to explore the responsibilities of the FNP, as well as the demand, compensation, and career opportunities for someone who earns their Family Nurse Practitioner certification.

FNPs provide comprehensive primary health care services, including:

  • Assessing all aspects of a patient’s health for purposes of health promotion and disease prevention
  • Using evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for screening activities
  • Providing guidance to address environmental, lifestyle, and developmental issues
  • Identifying symptoms of physical and mental illness across the lifespan
  • Ordering, performing, and interpreting diagnostic tests
  • Analyzing and synthesizing collected data and formulating comprehensive diagnoses
  • Planning and implementing therapeutic interventions to stabilize the patient, minimize complications and improve outcomes

Family Nurse Practitioners combine clinical expertise in the diagnoses and treatment of health conditions with an emphasis on values-based health management and disease prevention. The need for FNPs is growing. Check out Becoming an FNP: A Guide for Nurses for more information!
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