Do you work as a registered nurse? Do you have a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree? Have you thought of taking your career to the next level, one that can and will take you to a higher level of patient care, where you’ll be highly sought after for your expertise and knowledge?
Then consider becoming what is known as a family nurse practitioner (FNP).
You’ll need to pursue a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree, of course. You needn’t worry that you’ll have to give up your career to pursue your FNP masters degree and FNP certification: many nursing programs in colleges and universities around the country now offer programs that are Web-based, allowing you to pursue your studies at times that are convenient to your personal and work schedules.
Graduate from an MSN/Family Nurse Practitioner program and you’ll find yourself providing primary health care to your patients of all ages. You’ll perform minor medical procedures and physical examinations, among other health care skills.
However, what will really make you stand out is the focus of an FNP on wellness promotion and illness prevention. NPs are known for distinguishing themselves from others in the primary care arena for their health promotion/illness prevention from a family, holistic and community perspective.
Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner programs also focus on meeting the health care needs of inner city and rural populations, as well the homeless, schoolchildren and the elderly, an FNP masters degree and FNP certification will allow you to serve populations who desperately need your expertise, your skill and your commitment.
What’s more, advanced practice nurses (nurses such as Family Nurse Practitioners, or other nurses with a minimum of a master of science degree in nursing) could see themselves in real demand, since many FNPs often act as primary-care providers for patients, especially in under-served areas of the country.
Many physicians will retire in the coming years and the health care professions fear a looming physician shortage. Master of science in nursing professionals will be help fill the gaps in physician care.
There’s also a critical need for nurses to become faculty in nursing programs in order to train the many new Registered Nurses that will be needed in America in the coming decades. Nurses with a master of science in nursing, or with a nursing doctorate degree, are much needed today to fulfill the critical need for nursing faculty.