The role of the family nurse practitioner (FNP) was first developed over 50 years ago, and since then, there has been increasing evidence of the value it brings to the quality of patient care. Taking a holistic approach to healthcare, FNPs support the patient as a whole rather than as a condition, supporting the entire patient experience.
How to become an FNP
To become an FNP, you will first need to be a registered nurse. It is recommended that you work for at least two years before becoming an FNP. To become qualified, you will need an accredited FNP program on a master’s, post-graduate or doctoral program. The course will need to include 500 hours of clinical, supervised patient care hours. After that, you will need to gain certification from the ANCC or the AANP.
Courses can be taken in person through a university or via an online program. …