Nurse Practitioner Training

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

Nurse Practitioners (NP) are Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) who provide high-quality healthcare services similar to those of a doctor. NPs are able to diagnose and treat a wide range of health problems. NPs provide clinical care as well as disease prevention, health education, and counseling. They also help patients make healthy choices for their lifestyle.

NPs provide primary and acute care, and are qualified to meet most of patients’ health-care needs.

In order to become a Nurse Practitioner, a nurse should pass the ACNP or ANCC exam.

What are the Duties of Nurse Practitioners?

Because the profession is regulated by the state, the care provided by NPs will vary. A nurse practitioner’s duties include the following:

  • Manage patients’ overall care
  • Help patients learn how their actions affect their health and well-being
  • Diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, infections and injuries
  • Order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x-rays
  • Prescribe medications and other treatments
  • Spend time counseling patients

What do NPs specialize in?

  • Acute Care
  • Adult Health
  • Family Health
  • Gerontology Health
  • Neonatal Health
  • Oncology
  • Pediatric/Child Health
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health
  • Women’s Health

NPs sub-specialty areas:

  • Allergy & Immunology
  • Cardiovascular
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology & Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Occupational Health
  • Orthopedics
  • Pulmonology & Respiratory
  • Sports Medicine
  • Urology

What is the average salary for a Nurse Practitioner?

As with any job, the salary of a nurse practitioner will vary depending on the cost of living in the area. Common Future Jobs of a NP : Family Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.

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