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A Concise Guide to Becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner

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Across the UK, the NHS is burdened by the shortage of medical staff. Especially the nursing staff segment has the highest shortage across the entire band of medical professionals. Family nurse practitioner can be an excellent designation for those who are interested in making a career in nursing. Let us look at the steps to becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP).

Step 1: The first step is to become a Registered Nurse (RN). Becoming a registered nurse requires a bachelor’s degree. A typical term for Bachelor’s degree in nursing is in between 4 – 5 years and is also subject to a full time or a part time enrolment.

The bachelor’s degree in nursing program can also vary depending on the choice of specialisation chosen by a nursing student. It is important to ensure that the nursing school from which you are pursuing the Registered Nurse course is accredited. Also it should be able to prepare you for the licensure examination which you necessarily need to pass to be able to legally practise in your location of work.

You should remember that a nurse practitioner is similar to a specialist position of full-fledged physician and thus it requires a minimum amount of academics and training to become a FNP.

Step 2:  Master’s Program in Nursing - Once you have done your basic RN course, you are eligible to enrol for a Master’s or Doctorate program in nursing. The RNs may choose to pursue a master’s degree straight after the RN course or some may choose to gain some hands on experience by securing a part time of a full time nursing job. A graduate program term varies between 2 – 4 years and is dependent on the type of program (master’s or doctorate). The course has a practical aspect, and mandates clinical hand-on training as a part of the course.  During this course a nurse can decide on her choice of specialisation as this will be important for certification to practise as an FNP.

Step 3: Further certifications can be obtained to advance your career as an FNP. These depend upon your own aptitude and interests.

There is a huge demand for certified nursing professionals and once you become one, possibilities for progress are almost endless.  

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