Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner


The Adult-Gerontology-Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) practice focuses on the adults across the life span including the emancipated minor. The AG-ACNP provides care to patients that are characterized as physiologically unstable, technologically dependent, and/or highly vulnerable to complications. These adults may be encountered across clinical settings and require ongoing monitoring and intervention.


The role of the AG-ACNP encompasses care ranging from disease prevention to acute and critical care management to stabilize the patient’s condition, prevent complications, restore maximum health and/or provide palliative care.  The AG-ACNP must be able to synthesize theoretical, scientific, and contemporary clinical knowledge, to accurately assess diagnosis, treat and manage health care problems and/or when appropriate refer to other health care providers. The role of the AG-ACNP includes health promotion, health protection, disease prevention and treatment as well as improving health care outcomes for individuals and communities in managing and negotiating healthcare delivery systems (AACN, 2012).


  1. Health Promotion, Health Protection, Disease Prevention and Treatment in acute, complex, critical and chronic conditions.
  2. Nurse Practitioner-Patient Collaborative approach.
  3. Teaching-Coaching to impart knowledge, and coping skills to  individuals and families.
  4. Professional Role in advancing the profession and enhancing direct care/management.
  5. Managing and Negotiating Healthcare Delivery Systems to improve health care outcomes.
  6. Monitoring  one’s own practice and Ensuring the Quality of Health Care Practice through consultation, collaboration, continuing education, certification, and evaluation.


Skills acquired by graduation include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Complete a comprehensive history and physical examination.
  2. Diagnose, treat and manage acute, complex, critical, and chronic illnesses.
  3. Restore and promote health through prevention strategies.
  4. Performs specific diagnostic strategies and technical skills such as EKG interpretation, respiratory support, X-ray interpretation, hemodynamic monitoring, line and tube insertion, lumbar puncture, joint injection/aspiration, wound debridement, suturing and airway management.
  5. Establishment of a plan of care and implementation of treatment.
  6. Application of ACLS, advanced airway, and ventilator management.


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Donna Gullette, PhD, RN, APRN, ACNP-BC & AG ACNP-BC
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP Specialty
Phone: (501) 526-7801