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What specific characteristics are required of registered nurses/nurse practitioners?

I'm studying to become a nurse practitioner, I would like to know more about the career and what types of tasks and responsibilities NP's have in the hospital setting. #nurse-practitioner


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Brittney’s Answer

Nurse Practitioner roles vary greatly in the hospital setting. One can work with the hospitalist (general medicine floors/patient), surgery teams of all specialties, oncology, cardiology, the list is honestly endless, And the tasks and responsibilities of these NPs vary just as much as the specialty. All write progress notes, update patient/families, order and follow up on appropriate tests/imaging studies. Some do specialty procedures based on their specialty and training. I hope this helps.


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Rachel’s Answer

I have worked with some very talented NP's in the field of colon and rectal surgery. NP's typically see patients in clinic who have recently undergone an operation. They make sure that the wounds are healing appropriately and that the patient is improving. They can diagnose basic colon and rectal conditions (such as a perianal abscess or diverticulitis) and treat the condition independently. They do not typically assist in the operating room, but some gain extra training to work in the OR as well.

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Estelle’s Answer

I have much more experience with nurse practitioners in an office clinic setting. They see patients for initial evaluation and perform history and physical exams. They evaluate problems and perform well exams. The only nurse practitioners that I routinely see in the hospital setting in my area are those working for the cardiologists. They see patients before and after procedures and round with the cardiologists. They write progress notes and make sure orders are placed and carried out appropriately.

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