Advanced Nursing Practitioners (ANP) are nurses who have undertaken a master’s level in clinical practice. ANPs have authority in patient diagnosis and are trusted to independently assess, diagnose, manage and care for patients with complex clinical issues.
These types of nurses can work within emergency, primary and acute settings, and have a higher level of education and experience than most other nurses. In our guide, we will be discussing a career as an ANP, salary expectations and specialisms.
The role of a ANP differs greatly in comparison to a general nurse, meaning you’ll be expected to perform more duties, as you are in a more senior position. Responsibilities of an Advanced Nurse Practitioner can include:
The route to becoming an Advanced Nurse Practitioner is longer than other types of nursing, as it requires extensive education and training. The first step in becoming an ANP is to become a nurse and completing your bachelor’s degree – here, you will learn the foundations of nursing including biology, anatomy, psychology and chemistry.
The next steps are:
Once you complete the required qualifications, you can then decide the type of nurse practitioner you want to be.
There are a diverse range of nurse practitioner roles you can pursue – a few examples are:
These are just a few specialisms you can choose when becoming an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. You can also embark on other areas such as neonatal care, oncology, gerontology and much more.
The national average salary for a nurse practitioner is approximately £34,000 per annum. However, this can depend on the setting you work in, how many hours you work and whether you work privately or for the NHS. Here at Thornbury Nursing Services, we pride ourselves on paying exceptional nursing agency pay rates. If you are a qualified ANP and are looking for roles with high pay rates and exclusive benefits, we highly recommend registering with us today! We have roles across England and Wales – contact our helpful team for more information.