Benefits of Becoming a Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner.
What is a Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)?
A Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner is an RN with advanced education (Master’s or Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree) to provide primary care to individuals throughout their lifespan – babies through the elderly. Most Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioners work in clinics and offices seeing patients one by one for health examinations and/or diagnosis and treatment of health issues. Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioners can also be found in a variety of settings including skilled care facilities, pain clinics, specialty offices, and urgent care centers. A Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner assesses patients, diagnoses their problem(s), implements an intervention(s) such as a referral and/or writes a prescription, and re-evaluates the patient’s progress toward health. Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioners have a consulting relationship with one or more physicians.
Who Should Become a Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner?
Nurses who want to become a Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner should have a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, experience in providing direct patient care, and an interest in independently practicing primary health care. A strong background in chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology is important.
What are the advantages of becoming a Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner?
- A Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner is independently licensed to practice advanced practice nursing and can own a practice (In Michigan; laws vary among states).
- Upon graduation, there are many positions to choose from that pay well with good benefits. Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioners are in great demand and can virtually practice where they want geographically, in the type of setting they prefer, either full-time or part-time.
- Currently, Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioners upon graduation, certification, and licensure can take a position in an underserved area, such as a rural area (Gladwin) or an inner-city clinic (Saginaw), and over several years, may have their entire student loan forgiven.
- Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioners make a difference in patients’ lives. Being a nurse and a primary health care provider is a great combination of competence and caring, which results in satisfied patients with good outcomes.
- Preparing to become a Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner at SVSU can be done while working full-time. The course schedule is student-friendly by being taught in a hybrid format (combination of online and face to face) and mostly evening classes, usually no more than one day per week until clinical begins. Students progress together though classes with a group of colleagues. Groups of students are diverse in age and experience. At the end of year three, students are awarded a MSN and take the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner certification examination to obtain their licensure. At that point, students may continue taking courses to finish their DNP degree in a little over one year or come back at a later time to finish their degree.