A nurse practitioner (NP) or registered nurse (RN) who has had an additional education and special training in the area such as family practice or pediatrics. They are often referred as advanced practice nurses (APNs). They possess a master’s degree in nursing (MS or MSN) and the board certification in their specialty field. They are simply the registered nurses who have acquired the expert knowledge, gained complex decision-making skills and developed clinical competencies for the sake of expanded practice. Licensed as NP and RN need to follow the rules and regulations set by the Nurse Practice Act of the state in which they work. They are also assisted by CNAs in completing their tasks. If accredited through the national board exam, the NP will have an additional credential. In short, NP is someone who holds a graduate degree in advanced nursing practice.
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