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Succeed In The Nurse Practitioner Field!

By Michelle Conner

Doctors aren’t the only medical professionals who can set up their own practice. One of the fastest growing parts of the health field is nurse practitioners. While they can’t do everything a medical doctor can, these advanced registered nurses can still perform many of the more hands-on services physicians do, and at considerably less cost to the public. Those interested will first need to get a degree from a nursing school college, with further education then required.

In 1965, the profession of nurse practitioner was instituted and required a master’s degree. In the late 1960s into the 1970s, predictions of a physician shortage increased funding and attendance in nurse practitioner programs. The requirements relaxed to include continuing education programs, which helped accommodate the demand for them. A lot of the vagueness of the profession is probably due to it still being so young. If you need more information about associate degree nursing online, look on the internet.

In other ways, nurse practitioners are like registered nurses. Their responsibilities do include diagnosing, informing and treating patients. On the other hand, most other types of nurses are employed in hospitals, physician offices, retirement homes and government agencies. Those who are nurse practitioners can have their own office with other nurses under them, or work in tandem with a doctor.

To become a practitioner, one usually starts off by becoming a registered nurse. This means they already have their Bachelors in Nursing, as well as their local state’s certification. They also have had a few years working in their initial profession.

From there, the most common path is to matriculate with an online college and move on towards a Masters degree. One thing a future practitioner should also check into is what their state’s regulations are. Each state has its own rules and bylaws regarding what is required. Some states request a practitioner pick a specialty, such as pediatrics or gynecology, as part of their Master’s curriculum. Others require a doctorate. Therefore, it’s good to consult with a college career advisor before setting one’s personal curriculum.

After getting one’s masters, certification is still required from either the American Nurse Credentialing Center and/or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. If a practitioner needs to specialize, certification in their specialty is also needed. There is an abundance of information about accredited nursing schools on the web.  

After all this, it’s finally time to set up a shingle. While there are practitioners who will set up an office inside hospitals, especially emergency rooms, there are many who do go out on their own. Some states require they do so in association with a medical doctor or something similar, but there are others that don’t. As said before, there are still a lot of gray areas in this area.

What really matters is a practitioner can be their own boss. This brings a lot of satisfaction, not just personally, but financially. Most studies find a practitioner’s annual salary is in the $80,000 to $90,000 range. The financial rewards associated with this career can bring their own satisfaction.

If working as a nurse practitioner is your career goal, start by obtaining your degree from a nursing degrees online. Work and study can indeed go hand in hand and there are many grants for online college available to help an individual succeed when getting distance nursing degrees.

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Conner, Michelle "Succeed In The Nurse Practitioner Field!." Succeed In The Nurse Practitioner Field!. 5 Jul. 2010. 4 Aug 2014 <>.

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