The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program is designed to prepare nurses to deliver primary health care to families in a variety of settings. Students follow patients through the life cycle utilizing obstetric, pediatric, gynecologic, as well as adult and geriatric primary care diagnostic and management skills.
The scope of practice of the family nurse practitioner is based on a team approach. An interdependent member of the health care team, the FNP provides primary care through the following means:
- Documentation of individual and family health history
- Physical assessment
- Diagnostic, therapeutic, and educational care plans
- Collaboration with physicians and other health care professionals
- Referral to appropriate health care providers
- Coordination of health care
Clinical sites are available in the tri-state area and beyond, and can be permanent or rotating. Clinical sites vary in setting and students are assigned at hospitals, outpatient clinics, home care, or schools.
Graduates are eligible to take the certifying examination offered by the American Nurses Association and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Graduates find positions in a variety of settings such as outpatient clinics, community health centers, private practice offices, health departments, homeless shelters, chronic care facilities, schools, day care programs, hospices, homes, and acute care settings.
The Program Director for the Family Nurse Practitioner specialty is Elizabeth Hall, DNP, FNP, GNP.