Family Nurse Practitioner Job Description in Arizona - AZ
Family nurse practitioners in Arizona are increasingly providing primary care services to more residents of the state. Family nurse practitioner certification in Arizona, obtainable through examination, certifies that a nurse practitioner can treat all ages of patients, from children through geriatrics. They may perform physicals, take medical histories, order and interpret diagnostic tests, evaluate care plans for patients, admit patients to medical and nursing facilities, prescribe medications and other therapies, provide counseling to patients and families, and refer to other health care professionals when prudent.
All FNPs in Arizona currently licensed must have at least a master’s degree. Those graduating after 2015 will be required to complete a doctoral degree, such as Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or a research oriented doctoral degree (such as a Ph.D.).
After graduate studies are completed, family nurse practitioners must become nationally certified as FNP by passing a certification examination given by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners or the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Then a prospective FNP in Arizona must apply for state licensure. The application for licensure, along with supporting documents, must be sent to the Arizona State Board of Nursing, 4747 N 7th Street, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85014-3655.