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The one thing all of the advanced nurse roles have in common is education. The educator obviously iis involved in educating future nurses, but the practitioner helps patients. [edited to remove incorrect information]
Nurse administrators are taken outside of the patient management role and enter on nurse supervision responsibilities. While nurse adminisrators may have direct contact with patients, they mostly have direct contact with nurses they superintend. They may also administer discipline and reprimands to nurses as part of their administrative duties. Many who become nurse administrators aspire to rise high in management roles.
Like nurse administrators, nurse educators must have exempliary nursing skill and knowledge. Unlike nurse administrators, nurse educators deal with non-nurses who are being educated and trained to become nurses. While administrators also must have orgainzational, supervisory and discipline skills, nurse educators also must have nuturing, guiding, teaching, correcting skills. While excellent nursing skills are requisite for both, entirely different personality and temperment types are attracted to each of these roles.
The nurse practictioner, on the other hand, remains in paitient management yet has taken specialized training and advanced education to qualify to "provide preventive and acute health-care services to individuals of all ages." In a daily setting, the nurse practitioner may accept patient's in a doctor's office and diagnose and treat medical problems without the immediate supervision of a doctor, though working under the general supervision of a doctor. The Master degree nurse practitioners complete allows them to work directly with patients independently or collaboratively.
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