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.