Acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs) are responsible for promoting the health of patients and providing acute care. They are in charge of administering acute care medicine, performing treatments, and assessing patient needs, vital signs, and other symptoms that could indicate changes in the patient's condition. ACNPs document the patient's care plan using identified diagnoses, following doctor's orders and administrative recommendations to reach expected patient outcomes. They interact with patients and families and explain treatments in a thoughtful manner, and they report their progress to the acute care nurse manager in their organization.
ACNPs must follow all relevant safety procedures, as well as patient privacy regulations. They use a personal computer to record patient interactions, administered medication, and treatment schedules. In addition, they strive to provide a safe, comfortable, and therapeutic patient environment for patients and their loved ones. Their main duties also include monitoring the safety and effectiveness of equipment, as well as conducting patient check-ups to measure treatment performance.
A master's degree in nursing is generally required for this position. In addition, previous experience in an acute care capacity is generally required or preferred, and industry certifications may be beneficial. ACNPs must work well in a team environment to reach organizational objectives in a timely manner; however, they also need to perform effectively on their own with minimal supervision. They need to be organized, able to multitask, and in possession of excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Tasks
Order and interpret test results and recommend treatment of patients.
Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment and counsel patients.
Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
Administer therapeutic procedures.
Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures.