The scope of primary care, patient populations, and the practice setting of acute care are all distinct.
The acute care nurse practitioners are specially trained to care for patients in different settings including emergency departments, specialty clinics, or intensive care units. The NPs have extensive skills and knowledge in the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic illnesses, which may require surgery, invasive procedures or critical care interventions.
As opposed to primary care NPs, they focus their efforts on providing comprehensive, ongoing care for patients of any age and gender. They also place a strong emphasis on preventative care and health education. Outpatient clinics as well community health center and private practice are where they work.
It is essential to determine if the NP with acute care is adequately prepared for a primary care adult setting, given the different scope of their practice, the patient population and the practice environment. It may be necessary to provide additional education or training to help them adapt to the needs of primary care settings, including preventive health care, long-term care of chronic diseases, and health promotion.
Consider whether or not the acute care NP would be interested in working within a primary health care environment. It may be helpful to evaluate the individual’s skills, experience, and motivation to ensure that they can effectively contribute to the primary care team and provide quality care to patients.
It is clear that the degree of education, the willingness and ability to adjust to the unique needs and expectations in the adult primary care environment will determine whether or not an acute care NP has the skills and abilities to provide quality care. It may be helpful to assess the individual’s skills, experience, and motivation, and provide additional training or education as needed to ensure they can provide quality care in the primary care setting.