An urgent care nurse practitioner treats patients who need to see a medical practitioner right away, especially when the patient’s regular physician is unavailable. They also treat patients their injury or sickness is not severe enough to require an emergency room visit.
The hours of urgent care facilities may vary, as some are open late at night to cater to patients when they cannot receive medical help at another facility. Therefore, the hours of this job can be irregular. The nurse practitioner will usually check vital signs and examine the patient. The patient will also be asked about what sorts of symptoms are being experienced. All of these things will help the nurse practitioner to make a diagnosis. A nurse practitioner is licensed to prescribe medicine to patients. The patient will also be instructed as to what sort of care should be taken at home, so the best recovery can be experienced. Strong communication skills and a caring demeanor are important for this job. It will be at the nurse practitioner’s discretion to recommend that the patient see a medical doctor for a follow-up appointment or if the patient needs to be admitted to the ER.
To become a nurse practitioner, a bachelor’s degree in nursing must be completed. The nurse practitioner will then go on to complete a master’s degree or a PhD in nursing. Some nurse practitioners will specialize in a certain area, such as pediatrics.
Urgent Care 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.