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Emergency Nurse Practitioner Core Educational Content

Wilbeck, Jennifer DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP; Roberts, Eric DNP, FNP-BC, ENP-BC; Rudy, Susanna DNP, MFS, AG-ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, CCRN

Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal: April/June 2017 - Volume 39 - Issue 2 - p 141–151
doi: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000142

Increasing numbers of patients are presenting to national emergency departments (EDs). This is occurring simultaneously with reductions in providers along with ED closures, creating a significant gap in emergency care. According to the advanced practice registered nurse consensus model, specialty-specific knowledge and practice build upon generalist nurse practitioner (NP) population foci. Although the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties provides guidelines for educational programs at the NP population level, determination of core specialty knowledge lies with specialty organizations. Emergency nurse practitioners (ENPs) require additional specialty-specific education to manage patients spanning age and acuity continuums. Although certification mechanisms are now in place to recognize NP specialty knowledge, a nationally standardized curriculum remains to be proposed. This article proposes core educational content for ENP specialty education; the utility of this content may serve as the foundation for the development of standardized ENP academic and postgraduate fellowship programs.

Emergency Nurse Practitioner Program, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, Nashville, Tennessee (Drs Wilbeck and Rudy); Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, Illinois (Dr Roberts); and Vanderbilt Adult Emergency Department, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee (Dr Rudy).

Corresponding Author: Jennifer Wilbeck, DNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAANP, Emergency Nurse Practitioner Program, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, 461 21st Ave South, Nashville, TN 37240 (

Disclosure: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

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