Part 1: Interview a Nurse Practitioner currently working in a primary care or urgent care setting. You must include complete responses to all questions provided by the instructor. Please write in question-and-answer format. Additional issues may be addressed by a student at the student’s discretion. Summarize and describe what you learn from the interview and the NP’s role. Any comments or suggestions regarding the NP practice role?
Project #3 Guidelines
Interview a Nurse Practitioner who is currently working in that role in a clinical setting. (10% course grade)
v You must include:
· NP credentials include specialty; education level; if not doctoral prepared, plan for doctoral degree? DNP? PhD? EdD? And rational for continue or not continue education.
· Type of practice setting
· Job description and responsibilities
· Years in practice
· Any leadership roles in the practice, such as in charge of QI/QC, budgeting, scheduling, practice protocols/polices etc.
· Age range of patients
· Average # pts. Seen per day
· Billing/coding responsibilities
· Own Medicare billing number?
· Direct reimbursement?
· Listed as Primary Care Provider (PCP) in any Manage Care Organization’s or insurance agencies?
· How do they accomplish Chart Review with collaborator?
· How do they maintain continuing education responsibilities?
· If possible, find out what specific protocols are being used in the practice setting.
· Ask to see their collaborative practice agreement if applicable.
· You may include ANY other information you find interesting. (What do they like most/least about their position? About being an NP in general? Do they belong to any professional organizations? Which ones and why?)
· Did this assignment help you understand primary care NP’s role?
· Write up your findings and submit them through Blackboard. Also bring in for class discussion on date stated on syllabus.
Interview a Nurse Practitioner
Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing, Long Island University
Advanced Practice Role: NUR 630-004
Nov 6, 2022
What are your credentials?
I am a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. I have a Master of Science in Nursing from an
accredited university and am licensed to practice in California. I am also certified by the
American Nurses Credentialing Center. I became a Family Nurse Practitioner to provide primary
care to patients of all ages. I love the continuity of care that this type of practice allows. I can
form long-term relationships with my patients and their families, various them over time. This
practice also allows me to care for patients with multiple health problems. I chose to pursue a
Master of Science in Nursing to provide my patients with the highest care possible. I believe the
additional education and training I received have prepared me to provide the best possible care to
my patients. I am currently not planning on pursuing a doctoral degree, but I may consider it in
the future. I am delighted with my current level of education and believe that it has prepared me
well to provide excellent care to my patients.
What are your job description, practice setting, and responsibilities?
My job description includes seeing patients for acute and chronic problems, ordering and
interpreting diagnostic tests, and prescribing medications. I also educate my patients on a wide
variety of health topics. I see patients of all ages and can provide care for a wide variety of health
I am currently working in a primary care setting. I see patients of all ages with a wide variety of
health problems. I enjoy the variety that this type of practice provides. I also enjoy forming long-
term relationships with my patients and their families.
What are your years in practice and range of patients?
I have been in practice for three years. I have enjoyed my time in practice so far. I love getting to
know my patients and their families and being a part of their lives. I also enjoy the variety that
primary care provides.
I typically see 15-20 patients per day. It allows me to spend a reasonable amount of time with
each patient and get to know them well.
Have you played any leadership role in the practice?
I am not currently in a leadership role in my practice, but I am interested in pursuing leadership
roles in the future. My experience as a nurse practitioner has prepared me well to take on a
leadership role in medical practice.
What is your billing/responsibilities as an NP?
I am responsible for billing for the services that I provide to my patients. I bill for office visits,
diagnostic tests, and procedures. I also bill for medication management and other services I
provide to my patients.
Do you have your Medicare billing number and accept direct reimbursement?
I have my own Medicare billing number and accept direct reimbursement from Medicare. I also
accept reimbursement from other insurance companies. I can provide care to patients covered by
Medicare and other insurance plans.
Are you listed as a Primary Care Provider (PCP) in any Manage Care Organization’s or
I am not listed as a Primary Care Provider in any Manage Care Organizations or insurance
agencies. I can provide care to patients whom Medicare and other insurance plans cover.
How do you accomplish Chart Review with a collaborator?
I accomplish chart review with my collaborator by reviewing the charts of my patients prior to
their appointment. I also review my patients’ charts after their appointment to ensure that all of
the necessary documentation has been completed.
How do you maintain continuing education responsibilities?
I maintain my continuing education responsibilities by taking courses online and attending
conferences and workshops. I also participate in research projects and clinical trials.
What specific protocols do you use in the practice setting?
The specific protocols we use in our practice setting vary depending on the needs of our patients.
We tailor our care to meet the individual needs of each patient.
Do you have a collaborative practice agreement?
I do not have a collaborative practice agreement.
What do you like most/least about your position?
I like forming long-term relationships with my patients and their families. I also like the variety
that primary care provides. I am not too fond of the paperwork associated with primary care.
Do you belong to any professional organizations? Which ones and why?
I am a member of the American Nurses Association and the American Academy of Nurse
Practitioners. I belong to these organizations because they provide excellent resources and
support for nurse practitioners.
PART 2: How does the assignment help understand primary care NP’s role?
The interview assignment above helped me understand the primary care NP’s role by providing
information about the NP’s credentials, job description, and responsibilities. I also learned about
the NP’s years of experience and leadership roles in their practice. I also learned about the NP’s
billing and reimbursement responsibilities (Norful et al., 2018). Finally, I learned about the NP’s
general thoughts on being an NP. I also understood that primary care NPs play a vital role in the
healthcare system. They provide high-quality patient care and can form long-term relationships
with their patients and their families (Torrens et al., 2020). They are also responsible for billing
and reimbursement for their services. Overall, It was very informative interview which helped
me understand NP role and responsibilities during their practice , and gave me deep insight into
what to expect as I will start my journey in primary care.
It was very informative for me to interview this NP. He was very honest and to the point during
the interview. This interview helped me understand NP role and responsibilities during their
practice, and gave me deep insight into what to expect as I will start my journey in primary
Norful, A. A., de Jacq, K., Carlino, R., & Poghosyan, L. (2018). Nurse Practitioner–Physician
Comanagement: A Theoretical Model to Alleviate Primary Care Strain. The Annals of
Family Medicine, 16(3), 250–256. https://doi.org/10.1370/afm.2230
Torrens, C., Campbell, P., Hoskins, G., Strachan, H., Wells, M., Cunningham, M., Bottone, H.,
Polson, R., & Maxwell, M. (2020). Barriers and facilitators to the implementation of the
advanced nurse practitioner role in primary care settings: A scoping review. International
Journal of Nursing Studies, 104(104), 103443.
- PART1: Interview
- PART 2: How does the assignment help understand primary care NP’s role?
Nurse Practitioner Interview
Nurse Practitioner’s Credentials
The nurse practitioner (NP) I interviewed, M.R. W.R., has specialized in family nursing
practice. He achieved this after completing a master of science in nursing (M.S.N.) qualification.
He was certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The N.P.’s credential is
M.S.N., FNP-BC, indicating his highest academic qualification and area of specialization. The
N.P.N.P. is pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree, which he aspires to complete
in a year. He believes the D.N.P. would increase his competencies and marketability in nursing
Practice Setting, Job Description, and Responsibilities
Family Nurse Practitioners (F.N.P.s) work in various healthcare settings, including private
practice, community health settings, physicians’ offices, and acute and rehabilitative care
settings. F.N.P.s offer several family-oriented healthcare services, including seniors, adolescents,
infants, adults, and children. Their responsibilities include creating treatment plans, ordering and
performing diagnostic tests, prescribing medications, conducting physical assessments, and
treating illnesses. Also, F.N.P.s maintain patient records and carry out health promotion, disease
prevention, and rehabilitative programs for patients, families, and communities.
Years in Practice, Number of Patients, and Leadership Roles
M.R. W.R. has a cumulative 15-year experience in nursing practice. Of these, he spent ten
years as a registered nurse (RN) and five years as an F.N.P. He sees an average of 20 to 25
patients daily. The average age of patients is 40 years. The facility sees patients between 0 to 80
years daily with acute to chronic illnesses. Besides, M.R. W.R. oversees infection prevention and
control initiatives at the facility. He is tasked with ensuring that other healthcare providers
adhere to the standard infection prevention and control protocols to minimize hospital-acquired
infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and surgical site infections.
Coding responsibilities, direct reimbursement, own Medicare billing number
According to M.R. W.R., every N.P. must understand their state’s billing and coding
requirements for accurate and complete documentation. The optimal understanding of these
requirements is critical for the proper documentation supporting hospital claims. N.P.s must
document the patient’s history, assessment, or medical decision-making to bill for an established
patient visit. In addition, NP W.R. has a Medicare billing number and can directly seek
reimbursement from Medicare for the services offered to patients.
Listing as a primary care provider (P.C.P.) in any managed care organizations or
The N.P. is listed as a P.C.P. by a private insurance provider.
Accomplishing chart reviews
The N.P. has a well-laid-out model with his collaborating physician guiding the chart
review. In these chart reviews, the N.P. meets with the collaborating physician and reviews a
random sample of the N.P.’s charts and prescribed medications.
Continuing education responsibilities
According to him, continuing education is a critical tool for improving his nursing
competency and maintaining his advanced practice in the nursing license. He usually earns his
continuing education credits by participating in various pieces of training created by the
American Nurses Association (ANA).
Specific protocols in the practice setting
M.R. W.R. informed me that their organization’s policy is to conduct a cultural
assessment of their patients to help individualize nursing care and enhance cultural sensitivity to
improve patient satisfaction.
Collaborative practice agreement
M.R. W.R. has a written collaborative practice agreement with a physician stipulating how they
may handle patient referrals, patient reviews, chart reviews, and disagreements during planning
care to enhance their functioning.
The N.P. likes the job satisfaction of being an N.P. due to the increased autonomy that
enables him to function at his full potential. He belongs to various professional organizations like
the American Association for Nurse Practitioners, which spearheads advocacy programs to
improve the N.P. practice.
Impacts of this assignment
This assignment improved my understanding of the N.P. practice. It enlightened me on
the various aspects of N.P. functioning, including reimbursements, collaboration, and
satisfaction. Further, I realized that adherence to standard protocols is significant for ideal NP