Fast Facts for the New Nurse Practitioner, Second Edition

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Fast Facts for the New Nurse Practitioner, Second Edition

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What You Really Need to Know in a Nutshell

Author: Nadine M. Aktan PhD, RN, FNP-BC


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What type of degree do I need to become a nurse practitioner? How do I choose the right clinical preceptor? How can I best prepare for my first year of practice? Written for those considering NP practice, current NP students, and newly certified NPs alike, this quick, easy-to-use manual covers everything there is to know about transitioning into the NP role, its rewards, and its challenges. This second edition includes several new chapters, covering electronic health records, the impact of health care reform, promoting the NP role, and choosing a doctoral program. All of the original chapters have been revised or expanded, with updated key points, tables, and vignettes supplying cutting-edge knowledge and skills to help new NPs excel.

The only resource of its kind, this book guides the reader through the entire process of becoming an NP, from the initial decision to the selection of the right educational program to licensure. It discusses the contractual relationship with institutions and related health providers, along with legal and administrative issues. Currently practicing NPs offer words of wisdom on how to survive the first year of practice, and stories from the author and her colleagues provide an intimate look at everyday realities. Organized for easy access to information and filled with humor, the book features learning objectives, quizzes, checklists to facilitate decision making, and other helpful tools. Fast Facts in a Nutshell boxes highlight need-to-know information, and useful tips and resource lists provide information on scholarships, certification, professional organizations, and networking.

New to the Second Edition:

  • The dos and don'ts of electronic health records
  • Surviving health care reform today and tomorrow
  • Marketing the NP role to the nursing profession, employers, and the public
  • The terminal degree in nursing: PhD, EdD, or DNP?
  • Revised and expanded information in all chapters
  • Updated key points, vignettes, and tables

Nadine M. Aktan, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, received her bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in nursing from Rutgers University College of Nursing and Graduate School in New Brunswick and Newark, New Jersey. She is currently chairperson and associate professor at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, teaching future nurses and nurse practitioners. She also practices as a family nurse practitioner at the Immedicenter, an urgent care/family practice with locations in Clifton, Bloomfield, and Totowa, New Jersey, and as a maternalñchild community health nurse for Valley Home Care in Paramus, New Jersey.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date March 09, 2015
  • Page Count 202
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826130426
  • EISBN 9780826130433

Table of Contents 


Foreword Kathleen A. Connolly, MEd, RN, APRN-BC



Part I: Making the Decision

1. Why Become a Nurse Practitioner?

2. How to Begin

Part II: Selecting an Educational Program

3. Types of Programs

4. Scholarships, Resources, and More

Part III: Finding the Right Clinical Preceptor

5. Important Things to Consider

6. Balancing It All

Part IV: Searching for a Mentor

7. What to Look For

8. You as a Mentor

Part V: Attaining Your Certification and Licensure

9. Who? What? Where?

10. Passing

11. What Comes Next?

Part VI: Surviving and Thriving: Your First Year in Practice

12. First Job

13. Role Transition

14. Friends and Enemies

Part VII: Administrative Issues

15. Bureaucracy

16. Discrimination

17. Institutional Violence

Part VIII: Understanding Legal Issues

18. Contracts

19. Malpractice

20. Avoiding Lawsuits

21. Dos and the Don’ts: Electronic Health Records

Part IX: Collaboration

22. The Collaborative Agreement

23. Selecting a Collaborating Physician

24. Collaborative Practice: Harmonious or Burdensome?

Part X: You’re in Charge

25. Prescriptive Authority

26. Diagnostics

27. Referrals

28. Marketing the Role to Nurses, Employers, and the Public

Part XI: Economics, Policy, and Future Practice

29. Surviving Health Care Reform Today and Tomorrow

30. The Terminal Degree in Nursing: PhD, EdD, or DNP