Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care Setting Career Guide
What is a nurse practitioner in primary care?
How to Become a Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care Settings
1. Discover if you want to become a nurse practitioner.
2. Research NP program admissions requirements.
3. Find an accredited nurse practitioner degree program.
4. Earn your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).
5. Apply for and obtain state nursing licensure.
6. Continue learning.
Pathways to Becoming a Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care
Should I become a primary care nurse practitioner?
Roles and Responsibilities
Nurse Practitioner Salary
Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Certifications
Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Resources
A primary care nurse administers primary care services (like an annual checkup) to the population they work with. This may be young, adult, or elderly patients.
A primary care NP has an important opportunity to impact patient lives. According to the AANP, NPs have a vital role in “making high-quality, patient-centered health care available to the broadest possible range of consumers.” They emphasize the preventive measures individuals and groups can take to stay healthy for years to come.
A primary care nurse practitioner works in any setting where primary care is provided—hospitals and health systems, physician groups, and private practices. They administer annual checkups and preventive services, and treat general conditions that arise.
A primary care NP provides primary care services—they’re often the main practitioner a patient will see. An acute care NP works with patients who have chronic illnesses or other ongoing conditions that requires greater and immediate attention.