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Advanced Practice Nursing

What makes Barnes-Jewish Hospital a great place to perform advanced practice nursing?

Advanced Practice Nurse at Barnes-Jewish Hospital

As a top academic, tertiary referral medical center, the patients cared for by the advanced practice nursing staff at Barnes-Jewish Hospital are often extremely ill and in need of highly skilled and compassionate nursing care.

Barnes-Jewish has one of the largest teams of advanced practice nurses in the country. Approximately 500 advance practice nurses on campus are here to support new advance practice nurses in almost every clinical specialty. From radiation oncology and cardiology to obstetrics/gynecology and endocrinology, an advance practice nurse can grow and learn from every service line. Whatever your interests are, you have an opportunity to learn. Being an advance practice nurse in a Magnet hospital offers nurses a positive experience to witness and be a part of nursing excellence.

Advanced practice nursing encompasses these four careers at Barnes-Jewish Hospital:

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

A CRNA manages treatment of surgery and procedure patients in collaborative practice settings. CRNAs practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered, from traditional surgical suites to obstetrical delivery rooms.

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

A CNS is an expert clinician who works in a specialized area of nursing practice. In addition to providing direct patient care, CNSs also work with nursing personnel and organizations/systems in a wide variety of ways. Key daily focus areas for a CNS at Barnes-Jewish are:

  • Direct clinical practice

  • Expert coaching and guidance

  • Consultations

  • Evidence-based practice and research

  • Collaboration

  • Clinical, professional and systems leadership

Nurse Practitioner (NP)

A nurse practitioner focuses on providing primary, acute or critical care. There are numerous specialties for nurse practitioners, including family health, geriatric health, adult health, psychiatric mental health, acute care, and women’s health. NPs utilize advanced practice skills to:

  • Take health histories and perform physical exams

  • Assess, treat and evaluate acute and chronic illnesses

  • Prescribe and manage medications

  • Use education and counseling to promote healthy behaviors

  • Provide health screening and disease prevention services

  • Identify needs of patients that require a referral for more specialized care

Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)

A CNM manages treatment of women in a collaborative practice setting. A CNM encompasses primary care for women across the lifespan from adolescence beyond menopause, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. Midwives perform comprehensive physical exams, prescribe medications, including contraceptive methods, order laboratory and other diagnostic tests, and provide health and wellness education and counseling.

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