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Provide care to patients of all life stages. Develop relationships with entire family units.

Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) provide a wide range of family-focused primary care services to patients across the lifespan. FNPs conduct health assessments and tests and provide preventive care, disease management, treatment of chronic and acute illnesses. Much like a physician, an FNP is able to diagnose health concerns and may even prescribe medication, depending on which state they practice in.

Family nurse practitioners enjoy the range of patients they can treat- people of all ages, from infants to geriatrics. Other NP specialties are narrow in scope and focus on a specific age group, branch of medicine, or medical setting.

FNPs are in demand

The AAMC reports that the U.S. will experience a physician shortage of between 46,900 and 121,900 positions by 2032. Nurse practitioners are well-positioned to help fill gaps in health care as they are now able to alleviate many of the duties and responsibilities of a physician. As the physician shortage worsens, the BLS has projected that overall employment for nurse practitioners will have increased by 52% between 2019-2029. As of May, 2021, there were 325,000 licensed nurse practitioners in the U.S., according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Average FNP Salary: $96,281*

*Payscale.com

FNP responsibilities include:

  • Conducting physical and health assessments
  • Performing diagnostic tests and analyzing results
  • Prescribing medications
  • Developing treatment plans for acute and chronic illnesses
  • Providing education and guidance on disease prevention and healthy lifestyle habits
  • Facilitating preventive care and disease management
  • Managing patient care for patients of all ages

Common practice settings include:

  • Community health centers
  • Hospital outpatient clinics
  • Private group practices
  • Private physician practices
  • Health care systems
  • Educational services
  • Occupational health
  • Nursing homes
  • Government facilities
  • Military medical departments

Did You Know?*

  • The top diagnoses treated by FNPs are abdominal pain, urinary tract infection and gastroesophageal reflux disease.
  • The top clinical focus areas for FNPs are family, primary care and urgent care.
  • The majority of full-time NPs (59.4%) see three or more patients per hour.

*AANP

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