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You might hire a nurse practitioner to:

  • Demonstrate scientific knowledge, sound judgment, and technical skill while ensuring that care plans, medical regimens, and hospital procedures are enacted
  • Leverage clinical expertise to care for a broad and complex patient population, including primary care assessments, diagnoses, evidence-based treatments, and clinical monitoring

  • Provide continuous, comprehensive nursing and medical care, including preventive and supportive healthcare services, to patients and their families
  • Provide education, guidance, and direction to nursing staff and other members of the healthcare team to ensure that quality and safe care are delivered
  • Adhere to organizational standards, policies, and procedures, in addition to legal regulations

Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Master’s of science in nursing (or equivalent) from an accredited nurse practitioner program At least two years of experience in a specialty practice area
Certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP) license or equivalent Knowledge of and experience with electronic health records (EHR)
Advanced nurse practitioner certification and advanced practice registered nurse or equivalent clinical leadership experience  
Prescriptive authority, as required  
Basic life support (BLS) certification or equivalent