The Nurse Practitioner (NP)

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Nurses are continuously advancing their nursing knowledge by advancing in their education. After a registered nurse (RN) attains their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), many options are available when looking into Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs. Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) has a great deal of autonomy. APRNs usually have a minimum of a master’s degree in nursing, advanced education in pharmacology and physical assessment, and certification in a specialized are of practice. One of these core roles is the Nurse Practitioner (NP). “The NP is an APRN who provides health care to a group of patients, usually in an outpatient, ambulatory care, or community-based setting (Potter, Perry, Hall & Stockert, 2013, p. 8).

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