Role Of A Family Nurse Practitioner

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Abstract

This paper will discuss and provide information about the role of a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) in a physician’s clinic within a rural area. Due to the increased demand for primary care providers, it is important to discuss the FNP role within the healthcare system. The Association of American Medical Colleges estimates a shortage of 46,000 primary care physicians by the year 2025 (AAMC, 2015). The increased provider shortage and gaps within the rural areas provide a promising future for FNPs with the ability to provide primary care for the underserved. In America’s ever changing healthcare industry, FNPs are working in rural clinics across the nation in order for patients to have access to high-quality, cost-effective care.

Keywords: Family Nurse Practitioner, healthcare, rural, underserved, physician’s clinic

Rationale for Role

This paper will discuss the role of a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) practicing within a physician’s clinic in a rural area. FNPs practicing primary care in the state of Texas are allowed to provide healthcare services to patients after obtaining a collaborative agreement with a practicing physician. As a result, vulnerable populations and those uninsured are able to be seen in a timely manner and at a cheaper rate than if seen by the physician (Frellick, 2011). Due to the growing need for primary care providers, it is important to discuss the utilization of the FNP within the healthcare system (Buerhaus,…
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