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Hospitalist Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

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The hospitalist nurse practitioner performs various functions in their quest to provide patient care, ranging from primary to chronic, as well as specialty care to patients of all ages.

Their focus is on utilizing a holistic approach to patient care with emphasis on health promotion, patient education/counseling, and prevention of diseases.

The specific tasks, obligations, duties, and responsibilities majorly performed by the hospitalist nurse practitioners are highlighted in the job description example below:

Obtain patient’s medical history
Perform a physical examination and privileged procedures on patients, and document findings on their medical record
Diagnose and treat patients who are present for treatment
Develop, implement, and evaluate the clinical collaborative practice agreements in the specific clinical area
Prescribe or administer medication and IV Fluids where applicable
Instruct for and evaluate laboratory and other diagnostic tests
Perform health assessment of patients with primary, acute, and chronic health issues
Refer patients to specialty services to foster continuity of care when necessary
Instruct patients on selected therapeutic and diagnostic procedures, consultation, and laboratory examinations relevant to their case
Deduce findings and plans of care in line with shared practice agreements and protocols in designated areas
Educate and counsel patient and family members concerning health promotion, self-care skills, disease prevention, and treatment options in coordination with occupational therapists and other healthcare providers
Partake in meetings and conferences that enhance an interdisciplinary approach to primary health care delivery
Serve as an effective member on departmental and multidisciplinary committees which impact or determine policies affecting nursing practice
Act as a health care advocate serving as a liaison officer between patients and the clients
Identify quality improvement issues with respect to patient care and nursing practice standards, and develop unit-based quality improvement programs
Maintain a current level of knowledge relative to professional practice, and partake in approved medical and nursing research studies
Implement educational programs and act as a resource to staff
Evaluate the cost effectiveness of services provided to patients
Request diagnostic imaging and perform diagnostic studies such as lab tests and EKGs
Request for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other rehabilitation treatments where applicable
Provide prenatal care and family planning services for women
Provide well-child care including screening and immunizations for young children
Provide primary as well as specialty care services and health-maintenance care for adults.
Hospitalist Nurse Practitioner Requirements – Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge for Career Success
When hiring for the hospitalist nurse practitioner job, employers expect candidates to meet certain requirements that will allow them to effectively carry out the objective, purpose, and responsibilities of the role.
Shown below are major employers’ requirements for the hospitalist nurse practitioner role:

Education: Master’s degree in a Nurse Practitioner Program
License: Current license to practice as a Registered Nurse and a Nurse Practitioner License is required
Certification: National Board Certification in specialty area, ACLS certification, and prescriptive authority
Knowledge: Completion of a pharmacology component of not less than three semester hours or the equivalent; and strong knowledge of state and federal laws relating to prescription and record keeping (3 hour course)
Experience: Previous experience relevant to the area of clinical practice, Inpatient and critical care experience; and experience in an advanced practice role is preferred.
Team player: Nurse practitioners are required to be good team players to be able to work in a team-oriented environment, and to be able to work with other healthcare professionals to provide a collaborative patient care
Coaching skills: Hospitalist professionals also provide education and counseling to patients and their significant others, hence it is important for them to possess coaching skills to play the role of an educator effectively
Communication skills: They require strong writing and oral communication skills because their job description requires them to relate to people of diverse personalities and background. It is also important because their job requires the documentation of patients’ information
Interpersonal skills: They should posses interpersonal skills to enable them build relationship and develop strong ties with the community and existing medical staff.

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