"You're WHAT kind of nurse?"

There are many different kinds of nursing roles, so it's difficult to know which one to choose if you're pursuing a career in nursing.

Nurse practitioners are responsible for a combination of duties normally performed by physicians. But how do nurse practitioners contribute to the medical field?

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Nurse practitioners (aka "NPs") focus on a patient-centered model of care, rather than a disease model, leading the change for improvements.

The results? NPs provide patients with care that is timely, effective, equitable, and evidence-based.

The Actual Job

  • Assessing and diagnosing medical issues by interviewing, listening, and observing.

  • Ordering and interpreting medical tests and recommending further procedures to confirm a diagnosis as needed.

  • Prescribing medications and educating patients on managing treatments.

  • Collaborating care for patients by ensuring the continuum of patient care by other health professionals.

Quiz

Which of the following is an example of a responsibility of an NP?

Where Can You Get Work As A Nurse Practitioner?

Every health care setting!

  • Clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care facilities, and the regional medical centers of the Veteran's Administration (VA).

  • They can also specialize in a variety of areas (e.g., pediatrics, geriatrics, neonatal, family practice, and mental health).

  • There is steady job security and competitive salaries.

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You'll Love It If...

  • You enjoy making a difference in the lives of your patients.

  • You love to solve problems in a fast-paced environment.

  • You see an opportunity to learn from decision-making, as you'll encounter many medical situations that may have more than one option for a solution.

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Look For Another Career Path If...

  • You hate the variability of working hours. Sorry, it's no 9 to 5!

  • You like to have a consistent routine. Each day, you'll see a variety of people and health issues needing treatment plans.

  • You don't like stressful or challenging work conditions. There are legal responsibilities, too!

  • You're uncomfortable with the death of patients. Over time, this will contribute to emotional stress and negatively impact personal life.

  • You like to have clear choices. There's LOTS of problem-solving every day and the choices aren't always easy to make.

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But Will It Pay The Bills?

In the U.S., the average salary for NPs is $123,780/year or $59.51/hour.

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In Canada, the average salary for NPs is $112,967/year or $54.31/hour.

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Pick The Future Nurse Practitioner

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  • Very friendly with all people

  • Makes sound decisions, although can take too long to decide

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  • Very quiet and studious, some say very book smart

  • Is studying to become a registered nurse

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  • Enjoys asking questions to problem-solve

  • A real people person, always making conversation

Quiz

Who sounds like the best fit for the career path of a nurse practitioner?

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Marsha Kaufman

Educator | Learning and Instructional Designer