Family nurse practitioners (FNPs) provide healthcare for patients of all ages. They focus on primary, preventive healthcare to assist patients in maintaining their long-term health and a higher quality of life. They also work in maintaining population health.
Many FNPs operate independently within a community, helping families and individual patients address all health concerns. In other cases, an FNP might work in tandem with other nurses, physicians or physician assistants as part of a larger primary care network.
To become an FNP, students need to complete their bachelor’s degree, usually in nursing but sometimes in another related field, as well as the NCLEX-RN exam. After that, they need to obtain their RN license and obtain a master’s degree in an advanced practice nursing concentrating in family practice. After this, students must apply and obtain certification as an advanced practice nurse in family practice in the state or states where they wish to practice.
The income for a family nurse practitioner likely depends on many factors, including whether self-employment is permitted or depending on the employer, work location and years of experience. In May 2021, nurse practitioners earned between $79,470 and $163,350, according to BLS. It is important to note that this salary range includes all nurse practitioners, not just those specializing in family practice. BLS does not provide salary ranges for nurse practitioner specialties.
Salary ranges are not specific to students or graduates of University of Phoenix. Actual outcomes vary based on multiple factors, including prior work experience, geographic location and other factors specific to the individual. University of Phoenix does not guarantee employment, salary level or career advancement. BLS data is geographically based. Information for a specific state/city can be researched on the BLS website.
The field of nurse practitioners is projected to grow 40% between 2021 and 2031, according to BLS. This projected growth translates to 30,200 job openings per year. And, just as with other APRN specialties, new FNP positions should open as other nurses retire or switch to other professions.