The scope of practice for AGACNPs can vary by state, but there are several core competencies relevant to all employed AGACNPs.According to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), key aspects of the acute care NP role include:Gathering patient historiesPerforming physical examinations and screeningsDiagnosing and managing patients with acute, critical or complex illnesses/injuriesPrescribing medications and advanced therapeutic interventionOrdering, performing and interpreting diagnostic studiesProviding health promotion, education and counselingCollaborating with other medical professionals as a teamYou can find a full description of the ACNP scope of practice in the “AACN Scope and Standards for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Practice 2017,” available through the AACN website. Learn more about the Herzing MSN-AGACNP programExplore Now Other Questions How long does it take to earn a nurse educator certificate? What if financial aid does not cover my full tuition amount? What makes Herzing University different? What is a legal studies degree?