A hospitalist advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) is a registered nurse with post-graduate education who works with hospitalized patients. The registered nurse will take care of patients, perform diagnoses, administer therapeutic care, and ensure all other medical needs are met. This also includes providing emotional care and support and encouraging the patient to feel better.
ARNPs generally work on a team of medical providers and work together to deliver efficient patient care. They must continuously monitor patients and conduct analyses to determine the next steps and plans, and will also determine if laboratory tests are needed or if a patient should be seen by a doctor. It is essential to keep track of patient progress and all types of administered care, so record-keeping skills are needed.
A degree in nursing, current RN registration, and multiple years of prior experience are generally required for this position.. ARNPs must always stay up-to-date on developments in their field in order to provide the best care possible, and may even propose changes to administered care at the hospital. This is also a leadership position; ARNPs may oversee other staff members in their care of patients and must make sure the staff adheres to all guidelines.
Hospitalist Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) 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.