Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) are highly trained nurses who have advanced knowledge and skills in a particular area of healthcare. APRNs are qualified to provide a range of healthcare services, including assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients. Some specific duties of an APRN may include:
- Providing primary and specialty healthcare services to patients, including physical examinations, diagnoses, and treatments
- Prescribing medications and other treatments, as allowed by state law
- Collaborating with other healthcare professionals to develop and implement patient care plans
- Providing patient education and support, including helping patients manage chronic conditions
- Conducting research to improve patient care and advance the nursing profession
- Supervising and collaborating with other nurses and healthcare professionals
APRNs may specialize in a particular area of practice, such as adult-gerontology, family practice, pediatrics, women’s health, or psychiatric mental health. They may work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, private practices, and community health centers.
What type of medical facilities can an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse work in?
Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) can work in a wide variety of medical facilities, including:
- Hospitals: APRNs may work in general hospitals, children’s hospitals, or specialty hospitals (such as cancer centers or rehabilitation centers).
- Clinics: APRNs may work in outpatient clinics, such as primary care clinics or specialty clinics (such as cardiology or dermatology).
- Nursing homes: APRNs may work in nursing homes or long-term care facilities, providing care to elderly or disabled individuals.
- Schools: APRNs may work in schools, providing healthcare services to students and staff.
- Patient homes: APRNs may provide in-home care to patients who are unable to leave their homes due to illness or disability.
- Other healthcare facilities: APRNs may also work in hospice care, rehabilitation centers, and other types of healthcare facilities.
APRNs may also work in industries outside of healthcare, such as insurance companies or pharmaceutical companies, in roles related to patient care and education.