What Is an AGACNP?
Definition of an AGACNP
What Does an AGACNP Do?
- Assessing a patient’s immediate health situation.
- Ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests.
- Developing treatment plans.
- Prescribing medication or medical devices.
- Operating life-support systems.
- Providing medical interventions, such as intubation, placing intravenous lines, or wound and injury care.
- Managing patient pain.
- Advocating for patients.
- Communicating with patients and their families.
Where Does an AGACNP Work?
Education and Certification Needed To Become an AGACNP
- An unencumbered RN or APRN license.
- A two-year or four-year (preferred) undergraduate degree.
- Successful completion of NCLEX-RN exam.
- Master of science in nursing or doctoral degree in nursing.
- Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (AGACNP) vs. Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (AGPCNP)
- Work in more fast-paced environments.
- Tend to perform more invasive procedures, such as intubation, incision and drainage, or placing sutures and staples.
- Work in longer-term care facilities.
- Diagnose and manage episodic or chronic health conditions.
- Treat unexpected or deteriorating conditions.
Top Skills Needed for an AGACNP
- Making logical decisions quickly under pressure.
- Assessing critical situations accurately and expediently.
- Collaborating with other health care providers.
- Advocating for patient rights.
- Valuing a patient-centered care model.
- Communicating effectively and patiently with diverse individuals and groups.
- Balancing the needs and wishes of patients with those of their family members, particularly in terminal situations.