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"Nurse Practitioner"
Job Description - Part 1 - Duties and Tasks

Basic Job Description:

Diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. May focus on health promotion and disease prevention. May order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x rays. May prescribe medication. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.

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Duties / Tasks
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Job Duties and Tasks for: "Nurse Practitioner"

1) Maintain departmental policies and procedures in areas such as safety and infection control.

2) Supervise or coordinate patient care or support staff activities.


3) Advocate for accessible health care that minimizes environmental health risks.

4) Provide patients or caregivers with assistance in locating health care resources.

5) Maintain complete and detailed records of patients' health care plans and prognoses.


6) Educate patients about self-management of acute or chronic illnesses, tailoring instructions to patients' individual circumstances.

7) Schedule follow-up visits to monitor patients or evaluate health or illness care.

8) Counsel patients about drug regimens and possible side effects or interactions with other substances such as food supplements, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, and herbal remedies.

9) Order, perform, or interpret the results of diagnostic tests such as complete blood counts (CBCs), electrocardiograms (EKGs), and radiographs (x-rays).

10) Analyze and interpret patients' histories, symptoms, physical findings, or diagnostic information to develop appropriate diagnoses.

11) Diagnose or treat acute health care problems such as illnesses, infections, and injuries.

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12) Diagnose or treat chronic health care problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

13) Diagnose or treat complex, unstable, comorbid, episodic, or emergency conditions in collaboration with other health care providers as necessary.

14) Treat or refer patients for primary care conditions such as headaches, hypertension, urinary tract infections, upper respiratory infections, and dermatological conditions.


15) Consult with or refer patients to appropriate specialists when conditions exceed the scope of practice or expertise.

16) Detect and respond to adverse drug reactions, with special attention to vulnerable populations such as infants, children, pregnant and lactating women, and older adults.

17) Develop treatment plans based on scientific rationale, standards of care, and professional practice guidelines.

18) Perform routine or annual physical examinations.

19) Prescribe medications based on efficacy, safety, and cost as legally authorized.

20) Recommend interventions to modify behavior associated with health risks.

21) Perform primary care procedures such as suturing, splinting, administering immunizations, taking cultures, and debriding wounds.

22) Provide patients with information needed to promote health, reduce risk factors, or prevent disease or disability.

23) Recommend diagnostic or therapeutic interventions with attention to safety, cost, invasiveness, simplicity, acceptability, adherence, and efficacy.

24) Prescribe medication dosages, routes, and frequencies based on patients' characteristics such as age and gender.

25) Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in nursing.

26) Keep abreast of regulatory processes and payer systems such as Medicare, Medicaid, managed care, and private sources.

27) Maintain current knowledge of state legal regulations for nurse practitioner practice including reimbursement of services.

Job Description for "Nurse Practitioner" continued here...

Part 1
Duties / Tasks
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

"Nurse Practitioner"   Holland / RIASEC Career Code:  NA        SOC:  29-1171.00


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