The hospitalist nurse practitioner (NP) provides direct medical care to patients requiring hospitalization. They chart medical history, assess health status, diagnose any potential issues, and work with physicians and other health professionals to provide high-quality care. They are in charge of accurately filling out the patients' chart, as well as keeping it up to date as diagnoses and evaluation continue. The hospitalist nurse practitioner also orders tests, collect data regarding the patients' status, and communicates with patients' family members as needed. Additionally, these professionals have to communicate regularly with the physician(s) and other members of the health care team to discuss status updates for patients.
The nurse practitioner generally works indoors in a hospital setting. Their shifts may vary depending on the needs of their organization. Travel is generally not required.
The hospitalist nurse practitioner is required to have a valid nursing license in their state, along with education and training to work as an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN); this generally includes at least a master's degree in nursing. They must also pass a national board certifying exam. A strong background in nursing is generally required for hospitalist nurse practitioner positions as well. Additionally, the hospitalist nurse practitioner must have strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as strong organizational and time-management skills.
Hospitalist Nurse Practitioner (NP) 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.