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Real-Life Nurse Practitioner Job Profiles

Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Nurse Practitioner field.
IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33867NurseFemale26 $20,458anaheim, CA01/01/2010
33694NurseFemale38 $46,000Jersey city, NJ01/01/2010
33641Licensed Practical NurseFemale48 $39,000Martinsburg, PA01/01/2010
33521Emergency Triage NurseFemale54 $42,000Asheville, NY01/01/2010
33470Nurse ConsultantFemale20 $60,000Merced, CA01/01/2010

Overview

The health care field can be demanding but rewarding at the same time. There are many careers to choose from in the health care field; in fact, so many options exist that it may become overwhelming to choose which area to pursue. If you have strong physical and mental endurance, outstanding communication skills, and are patient, caring, and empathetic, a career as a nurse practitioner may be a good fit for you.

A nurse practitioner is a nurse qualified to diagnose and treat certain medical conditions without a physician?s direct supervision. Nurse practitioners assist with all aspects of a patient?s care and may act as an individual?s primary health care provider. They typically educate patients about treatments and preventative care and may be allowed to prescribe certain medications.

A nurse practitioner may work individually or as part of a team in a clinic, hospital, office, or other managed care facility. They may be employed in urban or rural communities, on college campuses, or in a number of other locations. Nurse practitioners might also perform health care research or attain employment with a government agency, such as the military or a health department.

If you wish to pursue a career as a nurse practitioner, you must first obtain a bachelor?s degree and state licensure as a registered nurse. You must then earn a master?s degree in nursing and obtain the proper licensing and certification for a nurse practitioner in your state. Some graduate programs require at least a few years of prior RN experience before accepting a student. However, others may let you gain nursing experience in the process of pursuing a graduate degree.

To learn more about an exciting and rewarding career as a nurse practitioner and find out if it might be the right path for you, check out our real-world career profiles below. Discover what it?s like to work day in and day out in this demanding and gratifying career directly from professionals employed in the field.


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