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What is a Nurse Practitioner? A Detailed Guide!

Do you want to choose nurse practitioner as your career? Are you interested to know their responsibilities? Are you interested to know the amount of money they make?

If you answered positively to the above questions, this blog is for you.

There will be two kinds of people reading this blog.

  1. The first kind; they are planning to choose nurse practitioners as their career.
  2. The second kind; they are undergoing their education or practice.

If you fall under these two categories besides wanting to know the answer to the questions mentioned above, you should read this blog.

In this blog, I have clearly explained about nurse practitioners, which will help starters, and explain the money they make, which will benefit those undergoing their education or practice.

Now, let’s get started!

Topics to be covered in this blog:

       What is a nurse practitioner?

       Responsibilities of a nurse practitioner

       Education and training that is required to become a nurse practitioner

       How much money do nurse practitioners make?

       Where does a nurse practitioner work?

       What are the requirements that a nurse practitioner should fulfill?

       Specializations

       Conclusion

What is a nurse practitioner?

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The nurse practitioner is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). Usually, nurse practitioners are specialists, and they serve and treat various kinds of patients.

A nurse practitioner is of higher authority than a Registered Nurse (RN). Moreover, nurse practitioners don’t have to work under a doctor/physician’s supervision in many states.

Responsibilities of a nurse practitioner

Nurse practitioners are higher-level nurses, and they have responsibilities similar to that of doctors. The following are some of the responsibilities of a nurse practitioner.

       Interpret the patient’s test results.

       Diagnose the health issues of patients.

       Observe the patient’s condition.

       Examine the patients both physically and through records.

       Regular follow-up of the patient to know the effectiveness of a particular treatment.

       Administer medications.

       Administer injections.

       Interact with the patient’s family and answer their queries related to the health of the patient.

Education and training that is required to become a nurse practitioner

A nurse practitioner is a higher-level nurse, and to become one; you need to have higher education than a Registered Nurse (RN).

The following are the education and training required to become a nurse practitioner.

  1. Get a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
  2. Obtain a Registered Nurse (RN) license.
  3. Gain some experience.
  4. Get a Master of Science in Nurse (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). It is better if you acquire DNP. A DNP can increase your value among the employers; however, MSN is sufficient to become a nurse practitioner.
  5. Obtain a National NP certification. Be noted that the certification should indicate your specialization. Certification requires you to provide evidence of your clinical work, and it ensures that your academic performance is up to the mark. The certification exam is standardized.

It can require about seven to eight years to become a nurse practitioner. The time needed to become a nurse practitioner might be lengthy, but it is worth it! The reason is that nurse practitioners make pretty good money!

Ok! Now, this leaves us on the next topic of how much money do nurse practitioners make.

How much money do nurse practitioners make?

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary for a nurse practitioner in the United States in 2019 is $111,840/year. This translates to $53.77/year, which is mind-blowing!

The lowest that a nurse practitioner makes is about $75,000 to $100,000 per year. Simultaneously, the highest that a nurse practitioner makes is about $120,000 to $140,000 per year.

The income of a nurse practitioner is sufficient to live a decent lifestyle in the United States.

Since, in some states, the nurse practitioners are allowed to work without the supervision of a doctor/physician, they can open their own healthcare center and provide treatment to patients. By following this method, you can yield even higher income in addition to helping your society.  

So, these are the factors that make the job of a nurse practitioner an excellent career choice.

Where does a nurse practitioner work?

As a nurse practitioner, you can work in various places, such as:

       Hospitals

       Clinics

       Various health care centers

       Doctor/physician’s office

       University/school first-aid clinics, etc.

The demand for nurse practitioners is pretty high, so there are various places where you can choose to work.

What are the requirements that a nurse practitioner should fulfill?

The following are the requirements that a nurse practitioner should fulfill.

       A nurse practitioner should have excellent communication skills as they need to communicate with the patient, patient’s family, doctors/physicians, and many more.

       A nurse practitioner should be able to use medical instruments.

       A nurse practitioner should have good leadership skills as they need to supervise the Registered Nurse (RN).

       Since, in many places, the nurse practitioner is allowed to perform the duties of a doctor/physician, the nurse practitioner should be knowledgeable about the relevant state regulations.

       Last but not least, a nurse practitioner should have completed the educational requirements. Also, they should have the necessary license.

Specializations

As a nurse practitioner, besides being a generalist, you can also specialize in a particular population. The following are some of the popular specializations of a nurse practitioner.

       Psychiatric nurse practitioner

       Emergency nurse practitioner

       Oncology nurse practitioner

       Orthopedic nurse practitioner

       Adult-gerontology nurse practitioner

       Neonatal nurse practitioner

       Acute care nurse practitioner

Be noted that, to become a specialist nurse practitioner, you need to be certified in the particular specialty area.

Conclusion

I hope this blog gave you detailed information about a nurse practitioner.

A nurse practitioner is an excellent career choice. There is a pretty high demand for nurse practitioners, and they make a pretty good amount of money. Also, there is a high chance that nurse practitioner’s demand will increase as they perform an essential role in the healthcare system.

Moreover, as a nurse practitioner, you are helping the community.

In this pandemic situation, nurse practitioners played an essential role in controlling the spread of infection and treating the infection. 

I wish you, everyone, all the best on behalf of achieving success in your career as a nurse practitioner!

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