Family Nurse Practitioner

A Family Nurse Practitioner provides primary and specialty care to patients of all ages, much like a family practice doctor.
Required education
Average annual salary
Higher salary
You’ll get to know your patients well over the years and treat them across the whole range of illnesses, conditions and injuries encompassed in primary care.
What you’ll do
What you’ll do


You’ll teach patients and their families about disease prevention and leading healthy lives.


You’ll oversee patient care, maintain patient records and make referrals to specialists when necessary.


You’ll examine, diagnose and prescribe medication and come up with treatment plans.

Where you’ll work
  • Clinics
  • Community centers
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Health insurance companies
  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Telemedicine
Hear what Family Nurse Practitioners have to say
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  • A day in the life of a Family Nurse Practitioner

    Tasheima, MSN, RN, RNC-NIC, FNP-BC, explains why she loves every minute of being a Family Nurse Practitioner.

How to become a Family Nurse Practitioner


Pass the NCLEX-RN and work as a Registered Nurse.



Get your Family Nurse Practitioner Board Certification

from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners or the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


You’re ready to work as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Notes on Nursing Podcast

1 Podcasts
  • Innovation Thru Nurse Practitioner Led Community Health Clinics
    I interview Nurse Practitioner and healthcare innovator Donna Torrisi in this episode of Nursing Notes Live. Donna is a Family Nurse Practitioner, a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship Program, and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Getting Real: Today’s Nurse
“The services I provide positively impact the Fire Department and make it stronger,” said John Modrzejewski, FNP-C. “Now we have another resource to quickly and effectively care for patients.”
A Geriatric Nurse’s role is also fast-paced.
A Reproductive Nurse is another type of family nurse.
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