Nurse practitioners are primary care nurses who are qualified to provide both acute and preventive health care needs for people from infancy to old age. According to the website www.ehow.com they perform some of the same tasks as physicians. For example they make records of patients’ medical history they diagnose various medical conditions and they educate people on healthy lifestyle choices that will prevent chronic health problems. Also they are qualified to give annual physical exams and interpret the results of lab reports and X-rays. In most states they can also write prescriptions for some medications. Nurse practitioners often serve as members of a health care team. In some states they must work under the supervision of a physician but in other states they can they can practice independently. Nurse practitioners are employed by family clinics and hospitals. Those working in hospitals can expect to be on call and may be required to work evenings and weekends. Nurse practitioners must first earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) and become registered nurses (RNs). In addition they complete a two-year program leading to a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) and then pass state board exams to become licensed to practice. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts an increase in demand for nurse practitioners because of the aging population in the United States and the fact they their services are most cost effective than those of physicians. Earnings for nurse practitioners vary depending on type of employer specialty level of formal education and experience. However the website www.healthcare-trainingcenter.com says that annual salaries can range from approximately $62000 to approximately $85000.
|Education Required:||Master's Degree|
|Tasks:||Diagnoses medical conditions.
Offers preventative and acute care services.
Educates patients about their medical conditions.
Conducts physical examinations.
|Also Called:||Clinical Nurse Consultant
Primary Care Nurse
Women's Health Nurse
Advanced Practice Nurse