What is a Family Nurse Practitioner?

A Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) is an advanced practice registered nurse. These nurses provide family-centered care which means they see patients from infants to the elderly. An FNP must earn a Master’s degree in Nursing (MSN) to be qualified as one. A large part of the job is patient-facing, so strong communication skills and excellent bedside manner are important qualities to have in this position.   

What Is A Family Nurse Practitioner Salary?

A family nurse practitioner salary is one of the many reasons that nurses seek an advanced degree. The earning potential is high. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that in 2021, the median annual income for nurse practitioners was $118,040 per year, with the lower 10% of NPs earning $79,470 or less and the upper 10% of NPs earning $163,350 or more.

The BLS reports that in 2021 the highest paying states for nurse practitioners included:

California: $151,830

New Jersey: $137,010

New York: $133,940

Washington: $130,840

Massachusetts: $129,540

What are the Job Responsibilities?

FNPs are primary care providers for families. Their responsibilities include:

  • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating many acute and chronic health conditions and illnesses 
  • Preventive care 
  • Prescribing medication 
  • Conducting routine physicals
  • Ordering and interpreting labs and diagnostic tests 
  • Educating patients on healthy lifestyle choices and disease prevention  

Family Nurse Practitioner Jobs 

Family nurse practitioner jobs are in demand. According to the BLS, the job of a nurse practitioner is projected to grow 45% from 2020 to 2030. If you have aspirations to become a nurse or advance in your career, CynaMed can help. 

We were the first locally-owned healthcare staffing agency in Pittsburgh with Joint Commission accreditation and are currently one of the fastest growing consulting agencies in the area. At CynaMed, our first priority is getting to know you. We find out what you need and want in a healthcare role. Our team then works diligently with some of the premier healthcare providers in the area to find you the right job.

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