MSN-FNP Careers

You want to provide the best care. So we provide the advanced training.

You’re devoted to improving the health and well-being of others. You’ll provide anticipatory guidance to the parents of a young child, help the single mom manage her diabetes, and discuss end of life care planning with an elderly man with kidney failuire. These patients deserve your best. That’s why you want to advance your skills — and earn your Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner online from Misericordia University.

MSN-educated nurses are often better positioned for advancement and enjoy greater autonomy. This allows you to independently make important health decisions and collaborate with other health professionals to do what is best for your patient.

What’s the career outlook for nurses with their FNP?

An aging population has driven an increase in demand for healthcare services, which requires family nurse practitioners to be skilled in areas once considered the primary domain of doctors and physicians. As a family nurse practitioner, you may be responsible for research, evaluation, and long-term health maintenance.

According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), there are more than 270,000 licensed nurse practitioners in the United States. Of them, approximately 67% are certified in family practice, earning an average salary of $90,885.* More nurses are choosing to specialize as a family nurse practitioner because they can provide expert care while building relationships with patients and their families.

*PayScale

As an MSN-FNP you’re prepared to:

  • Monitor and record a patient’s medical history
  • Test and evaluate patient symptoms
  • Perform physical exams and outpatient observation
  • Diagnose diseases and injuries
  • Develop treatment plans that address patients’ needs and preferences
  • Prescribe medications as well as physical, occupational, and speech therapy
  • Evaluate patient outcomes
  • Educate patients on wellness and how to prevent future problems

Underserved populations rely on your expertise.

As a family nurse practitioner, you’re a primary caregiver who provides continuing and comprehensive healthcare for individuals and families of all ages and genders, often in underserved communities. That means over the course of your patients’ lifetime, you’ll become intimately familiar with their conditions and history.

You’ll also develop a thorough understanding of the community where you practice and its challenges. Your patients will rely on you to communicate clearly and be compassionate about the care they require, which is why empathy is essential for being a trusted family nurse practitioner.

MSN-FNP graduates form long-term relationships with patients in a variety of settings, including:

  • Private medical practices
  • Urgent care facilities
  • Emergency departments
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Community health centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Schools and other learning institutions