Nursing Roles

Nursing Roles

From Mary’s characteristics and interests, it is best that she selects a certified Nurse Practitioner role since it best suits her. Student nurses can often be confused at what role best suits them. At such times they should seek counsel from more experienced nurses. They should also compare their interests and preferences to the functions available for them in the field (DeNisco & Barker, 2013). In this paper, Mary will be advised on why she best fits as CNP.

CNPs are the nurses who come closest to the traditional concept of a nurse. In most cases, the CNPs are people persons. Their job description to a greater percentage involves interaction with patients in the care setting (DeNisco & Barker, 2013). Mary would, therefore, be best suited here because she is interested in offering direct care to patients.  The CNP will often come into contact with patients, treat illnesses and share health talks with them. From her prior experience dealing with patients, she will be able to diagnose patients and make the best regarding whether to refer to the physician or not (Hamric, Hanson, Tracy, & O’Grady, 2014).

The CNPs also work in the hospital setting. This is another feature of CNPs that matches the interests of Mary. Since she is interested in working in the hospital as she has been working before, I would advise her to be a CNP. Of the three disciplines that Mary has experience in she could pick emergency or surgical units to work on as both are units found in the large hospitals that she is hoping to work. Because she prefers to work in her town, she will get a huge population which will, in turn, guarantee high flow in the emergency and surgical units.




DeNisco, S. & Barker, A. (2013). Advanced practice nursing (1st ed.). Burlington, Mass.: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

Hamric, A., Hanson, C., Tracy, M., & O’Grady, E. (2014). Advanced practice nursing (1st ed.).