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Careers in Nursing | Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-PCNP)

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Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
(AG-PCNP)

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Career Overview

Adult–gerontology primary care nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who promote wellness and prevent diseases among adults of all ages. They are primary care providers who conduct wellness checkups and manage acute and chronic health conditions. Work environments include private practice, community health centers, health clinics, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, and more.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

RN preparation and a Master of Science in Nursing with advanced practice certification as an adult–gerontology primary care nurse practitioner are required. Certification is available through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and American Nurses Credentialing Center. Basic life support and advanced cardiac life support certifications are also necessary.

CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED

  • Diagnosis and management of patients’ health and illness status
  • Ability to interpret diagnostic tests
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport with patients
  • Ability to make referrals as needed for specialized care
  • Coordination of patient care through the health care system

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