Nephrology Nurse Practitioner


Explore More Nursing Specialties

BASIC DESCRIPTION

A nephrology nurse practitioner provides primary care to patients with acute or chronic kidney/urologic disorders, those undergoing dialysis, and those who are candidates for or have undergone kidney transplants.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Registered nurse preparation and Nurse Practitioner certification are required; certification is offered by the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission.

CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED

■ Advanced knowledge in nephrology that includes pathophysiology and management of kidney/urologic conditions and their complications
■ Excellent interpersonal, communication, and assessment skills
■ Sensitivity to the needs of patients and their families as they deal with chronic renal disease and its impact
■ Ability to teach patients about renal disease, treatment, and lifestyle changes
■ Ability to deal with grief and loss that can be associated with renal disease
■ Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team

RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

■ Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission (http://www.nncc-exam.org/cgi-bin/WebObjects/NNCCMain)
■ American Nephrology Nurses Association (http://www.annanurse.org/cgi-bin/WebObjects/ANNANurse.woa)

2018 Is the Year to Advance Your Nursing Career

Access the Nursing Career Resource Center to explore nursing conferences, the latest jobs, and career podcasts to advance your career in 2018.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Share This