An advanced registered nurse practitioner, or ARNP, differs from a general registered nurse; the ARNP has obtained additional education and experience in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of a variety of medical conditions. The ARNP certification is usually the equivalent of a master’s degree.
Because of their extensive training and experience, these types of nurses can perform functions beyond the scope of a normal registered nurse, including prescribing medication, administering physical therapy and physical exams, and ordering the use of certain tests or procedures on patients. An ARNP may be invaluable for a physician because of their ability to perform some physician-level duties without the physician being present. If the ARNP performs any duties relevant to the physician’s treatment of a patient, they must be able to relay these duties to the physician in a quick and cohesive manner. In addition, the ARNP may coordinate the efforts or registered nurses and manage staff.
In addition to ARNP certification, these nurses must obtain a license to practice in the state in which they work; different states may have different requirements for their ARNP licenses, so it is important to check before moving or planning to practice in another state. In addition, a company hiring an ARNP may ask them to have medical expertise in a particular medical field, such as internal medicine or pediatrics.
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) Tasks
- Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
- Order and interpret test results and recommend treatment of patients.
- Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures.
- Administer therapeutic procedures.
- Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients.