8 Reasons to Become A Nurse Practitioner

8 Reasons to Become A Nurse Practitioner

If you’ve chosen to become a nurse practitioner, congrats! You’ve made an excellent decision. However, have you wondered why is nurse practitioner a fantastic career to pursue?

In this blog, I have made a list of 8 reasons to become a nurse practitioner. Let’s get started!

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1. High-demand

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook of the nurse practitioner in 2019-2029 is 45%, which is much higher than the average. This proves that nurse practitioners are in high demand.

A reason for the rising demand for nursing practitioners might be the shortage of physicians.

As you all know, the responsibilities of a nurse practitioner are pretty similar to that of a physician. Also, in many states, nurse practitioners can work without the supervision of a physician. Thus, employing nurse practitioners can be a good way to compensate for the shortage of physicians.

Besides the reason mentioned above, there are many more for the rising demand for nurse practitioners. However, it’s not possible to list them all in this blog.

2. Ability to start a business

As a nurse practitioner, you can become an entrepreneur. Wondering how? 

Nurse practitioners are allowed to work without the supervision of doctors in many places. This lets them start a business such as consulting firms, etc. 

If you’re already in a nurse practitioner job, I suggest doing business in your part-time. By doing so, you can earn double income.

3. High salary

Nurse practitioners are higher-level nurses, and they make a lot of money. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average pay of nurse practitioners in 2020 is $117,670 per year. On the higher end, the nurse practitioners make about $120,000 to $140,000 per year.

As mentioned above, if you want to earn even more money, you can start a business in your part-time.

So, if you become a nurse practitioner, you can live a pretty decent life in the United States.

4. Longevity

There is a job available for most medical professionals, if not all. Here’s the reason with an example.

Say a recent computer engineer graduate is searching for a job. There is no assurance that he will get a job because he lacks experience. Even if he gets a job, in many cases, it will be a low-paying one. When he gains experience in the field, his age will increase, so he can’t enjoy his higher-level job for a long duration. However, if he climbs up to become a manager, he can sustain for a longer time.

Also, a computer engineer must be able to cope up with the advancements happening in the industry. If not, he can lose his job. 

As for the medical graduates, they treat human beings. So, as long as humans are living on this earth, they will have a job.

Nurse practitioners are no exception. They are in high demand so they can get a job quickly. Also, the job will be long-term.

Note: Many computer engineer graduates are successful. But, to be among them, you need to put in efforts. Also, by no means I meant that nursing is better than engineering. In fact, a computer engineering degree is one of the higher valued degrees in many places. So, please don’t misunderstand what I meant to say.

5. Various specializations

One of the main advantages of nurse practitioners over physician assistants is that they can specialize in various areas.

       Neonatal nurse practitioners

       Pediatrics nurse practitioners

       Family nurse practitioners

       Acute care nurse practitioners

       Cardiac nurse practitioners

       Neonatal nurse practitioners

       Women’s health nurse practitioners, and many more…

6. Ability to practice in a variety of work environment

Nurse practitioners can work in hospitals, clinics, and various healthcare centers. If you like traveling and want to experience various work environments, you should become a nurse practitioner. I personally consider this to be a significant advantage for nurse practitioners over other professions.

Though nurse practitioners can work in various places, many prefer working in a particular healthcare system. The reason is that frequent traveling can make a person tired, especially if they’re aged.

If you’re young and like traveling, I suggest you work with many healthcare centers. By doing so, you can earn better, and you can gain a better experience. Also, your knowledge about the various healthcare settings will increase.

Moreover, if you keep working with different healthcare centers, your exposure and reputation will increase, which will benefit you in the long run.

7. Flexible schedule

In many cases, as a nurse practitioner, your schedule is flexible. The flexibility of your schedule depends on your specialty and the health care center you work.

You may have a four-day or five-day workweek. Sometimes, your weekly work hours might be even less than 20 hours. Depending on your requirements, you can request a schedule for the week that suits you the best.

However, some nurse practitioner specialties require you to work for longer hours. But, many of the nurse practitioners will be on holiday during the weekend.

8. Productive challenges

Last but not least, the challenges faced by nurse practitioners are productive.

Nurse practitioners have very high responsibilities, and an incorrect decision can severely affect the patient. You may face a situation where you have to treat a patient in critical condition. In this case, you’ve to apply your skill and experience quickly and take the right decision to cure the patient.

Similarly, you’ll go through several challenges, but you need to overcome them wisely. These challenges will boost your skills and experience as a nurse practitioner.

Conclusion

Undoubtedly, it takes a long time to become a nurse practitioner. Moreover, they have to go through a lot of education and training to become one. However, it’s worth it!

If you are passionate to become a nurse practitioner but need a job immediately, don’t worry! You can practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) for some while and pursue your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Moreover, as a registered nurse, instead of opting for the BSN-MSN program, you can opt for RN-MSN.

Ok, I hope this blog was beneficial to you, and I hope you got to know the reasons to become a nurse practitioner.

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