Nurse Practitioner Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
Provides medical care and treatment to clients in areas such as a
student health center, health clinics, and/or a research study.
first in a series of two classifications and is distinguished from a
related classification titled Physician's Assistant in that
incumbents work with a consulting Physician rather than a
supervising physician as a Physician's Assistant does. Nurse
Practitioners can obtain a Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A.) license
to prescribe and dispense medication, while a Physician's Assistant
uses the supervising physician's D.E.A. number to prescribe and
Examples of Duties:
- Determines and formulates health histories and performs
- Orders, interprets, and evaluates diagnostic tests to
identify and assess client's clinical problems.
- Determines and manages minor and/or acute illnesses and
initiates symptomatic treatment.
- Conducts initial care for emergency situations, such as
illness or injury and initiates arrangements for continuing
- Conducts on-going health care and clinical management of
stable, chronically ill clients.
- Maintains an on-going health education program with the
assistance and guidance of a health educator.
- Conducts informative educational sessions during client
visit to ensure understanding by the client of his/her condition
- Collaborates with other health care team personnel in
regards to client treatment.
- Prescribes medication or other forms of treatment.
- Documents medical records of client encounters.
- Refers clients to outside medical and support service
- Participates in research studies which includes recruiting
and screening potential participants, determining whether
eligibility criteria has been met, and completing required forms
for each study.
- Conducts home visits to perform testing and/or physical
examinations for high risk or complicated cases.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of evaluation plans and treatment of clients with
a variety of illnesses.
- Skill in patient care.
- Skill in the use of medical equipment utilized in area of
- Skill in both verbal and written communication.
Bachelor's degree in Nursing from an accredited nursing program AND
satisfactory completion of an accredited Nurse Practitioner program.
Current licensure to practice nursing in the State of Arizona;
certification as a Nurse Practitioner by the Arizona State Board of
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