A Day in the Life of a Family Nurse Practitioner

Being a family nurse practitioner means you serve as an integral part of the healthcare system, but that doesn’t mean it should limit your clinical activities. Often, family nurses’ primary focus is family care, but they are able to provide nursing services to patients in other areas of health care, including emergency care. The key for success as a family nurse is demonstrating your ability to care for children and adults with demanding conditions, while continually assessing and influencing a patient’s health and situation.

What is family nursing?

There are many different kinds of family nursing, including pediatric family nursing and family attention nursing. For example, pediatric family nurses provide assistance and care for children who have illness or who are handicapped. In a pediatric setting, a family nurse acts like the father of the child, providing information and services to the child and his parents. These FNP duties include:

1. administering medications and greeting patients,

2. including blood work and urinalysis,

3. prescribing medication,

4. FEEDING patients and providing bedside care,

5. helping patients with ambulation and other voluntary functions, and

6. observing the patient and noting down vitals and other signs of illness.

In general, a family nurse practitioner works independently and is a consultant to the primary provider. Because of the extensive nature of the family responsibilities, the family nurse mentor usually makes the patient’s visit to the physician the standard practice. The family nurse mentor is responsible for clarifying the medical condition of the patient and works to maintain positive patient- provider communication throughout the illness and recovery process.

The types of family nurse Practitioners include those who are certified in both adult clinical nursing and pediatric nursing. Typically, these include activities like:

1. adult nursing,

2. midwifery, and

3. neonatal care.

Of course, pediatric nursing requires a nurse to specialize in certain areas, such as neonatal care, which is very different from adult nursing. Neonatal care is extremely specific, often requiring neonatologists to work in a specialized neonatal intensive care unit and to dedicate a whole ward to test and treat newborns. This results in a focus on a specialized kind of nursing known as neonatal nursing.

There are a number of educational institutions offering educational programs in neonatal nursing, and together they offer a unique education which offers the kind of challenge and reward which is vital to all neonatal nursing students. The educational programs are typically registered nurse programs, meaning that the graduates of these programs can gain enrollment in nursing schools and immediately begin their educational pursuits. also, a number of hospitals and other facilities allow students to take practical experience in neonatal care through their clerks.

Following graduation, nurses will be eligible to work in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, neonatal care centers, and other health care facilities. For most nurses, employment is in a family practice setting, and shift schedules can be very flexible. In addition, the hours for which nurses work can be flexible, with many nurses working a twelve-hour shift at the beginning and then being able to work the standard full-time hours in the future. Being a travel nurse is also something which nurses consider an option; indeed, neonatal nursing is said to be one of the fastest growing specialties in the medical field.

Education and nursing experience, in combination with the specialization in neonatal care, are key components to make up a successful career in neonatal nursing. With advanced schooling and experience, you can be sure that you will be working in a neonatal setting, in the medical field in general, or for any number of specialties within nursing.