Maryland Nursing Schools
A family nurse practitioner is a registered nurse with clinical training and specialized education in family practice. Nurse practitioners are highly trained to work with both children and adults. These professionals work with patients on maintaining wellness and health over a long term while focusing on preventive care. Many family nurse practitioners also prefer to work in communities and underserved populations. These professionals work with a variety of populations which broadens their scope of practice. Family nurse practitioners treat minor acute illness, monitor health and wellness, work in ambulatory clinics, work in hospital settings, etc. Sometimes they are also responsible for tracking and compiling the health history of one or more members of the same family. This means that they have to be familiar with the history of the family and be able to communicate with them compassionately and clearly.