The Family Nurse Practitioner Case Study

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THE FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER

The role of the Family nurse practitioner (FNP) began in the 1960’s as a result of a shortage of primary care providers. (Kennedy, 2014) That however, does not conclude that family nurse practitioners are only a secondary option to fill the void of primary care physicians in underserved areas. Instead, the FNP role has evolved in response to the recognition that nurses with advanced education and training are fully capable of providing primary care and significantly enhancing access to high-quality and cost-effective health care. (AANP, 2015). Although similar to the role of the primary care physician, the FNP has proven to be a rather distinct profession, delivering a more holistic approach to patients. (Barton, 2014) This paper will describe in-depth the distinctiveness of the FNP’s role, including description, types of practice or work settings, qualifications, role competencies, scope and standards of practice, effectiveness and ability to provide cost-effective care.
Family nurse practitioner Description of role. The Family nurse practitioner is an advanced practice registered nurse (RN) that specializes in family focused care. FNP’s provide holistic treatment for members of the family unit throughout their lifespan, placing a strong focus on health promotion and disease
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The family nurse practitioner’s role requires many skills or competencies. The FNPs must be able to diagnose, treat and manage patients with chronic or acute illnesses. (Poronsky, 2013) FNPs must have the ability to prescribe both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments such as physical or occupational therapy to patients. Conducting physical exams, interpreting medical history, and ordering and performing diagnostic tests, screenings and procedures such as suturing are crucial skill sets for the FNP. In addition, FNPs must be competent in educating and counseling patients on risk factors and prevention measures to avoid

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