The acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) provide specialized care to seriously ill patients with critical needs to prevent any further complications. The role of acute care nurses came into existence to offload the workload of physicians in the acute care settings. The main role of acute care nurse practitioner is to provide continuity of care to critically ill patients with an intent to stabilize their condition thus resulting in improved patient outcome.
To become an acute care nurse practitioner, a candidate first needs to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and then obtain their RN license and then gain some experience as an RN in an acute care setting. Next step is to pursue a master’s degree or a post graduate certificate program that specializes in acute care and has minimum 2 to 3 years of duration.
- Conduct Physical examinations
- Order lab tests & diagnostic tests as per the requirement and analyze results
- Prescribe medication and therapies with consultation of physician
- Give treatments to stabilize patient’s conditions
- Assess and diagnose acute medical conditions such as Trauma
Career Opportunities and Salary Trend
After successfully completing this course, nurses with acute care specialization can work in a variety of healthcare settings such as:
- Sub-acute care units
- Trauma units, emergency care
- Public health centers
- Operating rooms
- Specialty Labs
As per the reports by BLS, The average salary of an Acute Care Nurse is $68,910 and can go up to $ 96,320. However, salary may vary depending upon the level of education, location, experience and industry. As per the survey, job satisfaction level is reported as high by majority of workers.
INSCOL in collaboration with Georgian College offers Acute Complex Care Post Graduate Program in Georgian College, Canada. This program is specifically designed for Internationally Educated Nurses to update their skills and develop their expertise in caring for patient’s presenting with acute complex pathologies. Georgian is one of the finest college of Canada, follows a teaching approach that focusses on application & assessment of advanced theories and practice in acute primary care.
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