A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse (RN) who has additional education and training in a specialty area such as family practice, women's health or
pediatrics. Family practice NP can provide regular healthcare for patients of all ages.
Nurse practitioner (also referred as advanced practice nurses, or ANPs) have a master's degree in nursing (MS or MSN) and board certification in their specialty. For example Family NP has advanced education, skills and training in caring for infants, children , teens and adults.
Licensed as nurse practitioner and registered nurse, NPs follow the rules and regulations of the Nurse Practice Act of the state where they work. If accredited through the national board exam, the NP will have an additional credential such as Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (CFNP).