Family Nurse Practitioner Program in Nebraska - NE
Family nurse practitioner (FNP) is a designated specialty category of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). According to the International Council of Nurses (ICN), an advanced practice nurse is a registered nurse (RN) who has acquired the expert knowledge, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies for expanded practice. ICN also states that a master’s degree is recommended for entry into this reputable profession. The characteristics of the practice are dependent on the region of the practice. In the United States, the practice is regulated by the state (in this case, Nebraska) but the APRN is still required to have certification from a national certifying organization.
In Nebraska, FNPs are designated as advanced practice registered nurses – Nurse Practitioner (APRN-NP). The Nebraska Board of Nursing (NBN) states that an APRN with a designated specialty as a nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has obtained post-baccalaureate education and holds a valid license to manage common health problems and chronic conditions, which allows them to prescribe treatments and medications. APRN-NPs work collaboratively with physicians and other health care practitioners and are able to prescribe controlled substances upon registration with the federal administration (Drug Enforcement Administration- DEA).
Most APRN-NPs in Nebraska have either a master’s or doctorate degree in nursing. The number of RNs with graduate degrees is growing steadily and there are approved programs available for master’s programs through online schools.
The American College of Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) ranks Nebraska as a D on a scale of A – F for giving patients latitude in health care choices. The expectation is that this will be addressed by a more concerted effort to provide options through the promotion of specialized nursing practices in the state.