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What does a Family Nurse Practitioner do?

Family nurse practitioners are advanced practice registered nurses trained in family-focused care. Also called FNPs, practitioners may work independently or in conjunction with other healthcare professionals such as doctors, in settings including clinics, doctors' offices, private homes, schools and hospitals. FNPs usually work with patients over the long-term and can care for children and adults, often focusing on preventive care.


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Working as a Family Nurse Practitioner

The daily responsibilities of a family nurse practitioner may include:

  • Conducting tests and screenings to diagnose patients
  • Developing treatment plans for acute and chronic diseases
  • Consulting patients on disease prevention and healthy habits
  • Managing patient care, including prescribing medications
  • Educating clients on preventive care and disease management
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How much does a Family Nurse Practitioner make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $157,488
Low $112,751
High $219,976
$20,625per year
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The average salary for a family nurse practitioner is $157,488 per year in the United States and $20,625 overtime per year.6.4k salaries reported, updated at May 27, 2023

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

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Average $120,280 per year

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

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Average $111,554 per year

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Common questions about for a Family Nurse Practitioner

What is the career outlook for family nurse practitioners (FNPs)?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a significant increase in the employment of nurses, including family nurse practitioners (FNPs).

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What hours do family nurse practitioners (FNPs) work?

Some family nurse practitioners (FNPs) work normal business hours while those in clinic and hospital settings may have to work outside standard hours.

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What does a family nurse practitioner (FNPs) do?

Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) work closely with other specialists to manage patients' conditions and provide long-term and follow up care to patients. Other duties include ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests.

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