M.S. in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Track - Message from the Track Coordinator

Dear Prospective Student,

As a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), you can:

  • Make a difference in people's overall health
  • Develop long-standing relationships with individuals and families
  • Impact healthcare policy
  • Have prescriptive authority
  • Deliver high quality, holistic, healthcare.

In today's rapidly evolving healthcare arena, the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner continues to expand. You can be a generalist as a primary care provider or decide to specialize and work in a specific area of medicine, performing highly-specialized skills such as lumbar puncture, colposcopy, pacemaker management, and pain therapy. You will be prepared to:

  • Negotiate a contract for your employment as a nurse practitioner
  • Develop a collaborative agreement with a physician for your own practice
  • Apply for admitting privileges to hospitals
  • Develop an insurance panel for appropriate reimbursement
  • Manage a full docket of patients

Additionally, as a Masters prepared Family Nurse Practitioner, you'll be eligible to:

  • Pursue doctoral studies
  • Apply for geriatric nurse practitioner certification if you work with older patients
  • Participate in clinical research trials
  • Offer clinical teaching in higher nursing educational programs

FNPs work in a multi-disciplinary clinic or as a solo provider. Wherever you choose to work, you'll gain more autonomy and accountability as an advanced practice nurse. By becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner, doors will open for you to practice in a variety of clinical areas and with patients across the life span. In many settings you'll be able to develop your own mission, philosophy of patient care, policies, and procedures so that you can live out your dream and passion of working with patients.

Please follow the links on this site to further explore the possibilities of advanced study as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Fairfield University, and e-mail me directly if you have any questions.

Sheila Grossman, Ph.D., FNP-BC
Professor and Track Coordinator