ARNPs, or advanced registered nurse practitioners, are defined by the International Council of Nurses as registered nurses who have “acquired the knowledge base, decision-making skills, and clinical competencies for expanded practice beyond that of an RN, the characteristics of which would be determined by the context in which he or she is credentialed to practice.”
The ARNP came about during the 1960’s when a critical shortage of medical doctors began to stifle the level of quality patients were receiving. The ARNP not only raised the quality of care, but also began to balance the allocation of resources, as well as increases the number of educated, able-minded healthcare providers, and began to balance the rising cost of healthcare.
According the the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current labor market is in strong demand for more ARNPs. Growth in this particular sector is projected to rise 31 percent in the span of time between 2012 and 2022, which is steadfastly higher than growth projections for all other occupations. This is due, in part, to rising emphasis on healthcare legislature. Additionally,. growth is influenced by shifts in healthcare attitudes, presenting a more focused approach on preventative care. It is worth mentioning that the aging baby boomer population will present an even strong demand for healthcare services as they tend to live longer, more active lives than previous generations. What’s more, the number of people with affordable healthcare plans is due to widen from legislative insurance reform policies. Seeing as an advanced registered nurse practitioner is considered a primary care provider by most of these healthcare plans, it is only natural to assume that the demand for the ARNP will only continue to expand. States, by and far, are recognizing more commonly that the ARNP is a capable primary healthcare provider, which allows them to perform more services.
Advanced registered nurse practitioners boast a robust salary with average wages sitting near $96,460. This was reported in May 2012.
But what exactly is it that the advanced registered nurse practitioner does? The tasks they apply their knowledge to are expanse and diverse. For starters, they will take and record patients’ medical history, as well as document symptoms and and establish or make changes to existing plans. They will also perform physical examinations, observing and diagnosing any problems with the patient’s health. This is done by performing diagnostic tests and analyzing and interpreting the results. The ARNP can also administer medicines and treatments to a patient, consulting with other doctors and healthcare service personnel as needed. The ARNP is a trained professional, making use and operating various medical equipment in today’s technology-driven healthcare environment. Lastly, they often provide counseling to patients on how to best manage illness or injury.
So how does one become an ARNP? They must obtain a registered nursing license, acquire an approved masters-level degree program, and then complete the national certification exam. The requirements do vary from state to state, so prospective ARNPs are encourage to contact their state’s board of nursing for additional details on the matter. When all is said and done, we here at Doctor’s Choice Placement can help to ensure that any new ARNP will be able to find a place to practice.« Back