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How To Pursue a Nurse Practitioner

What Is a Nurse Practitioner (NP)?

A nurse practitioner, also called an NP or nursing practitioner, is a practice nurse, may be qualified to act as a primary care or specialty care provider. NPs may perform both nursing and health care services. Nurse practitioners may prescribe medications as well as diagnose and treat a wide range of ailments.

Career Paths for Nursing Practitioners

Nurse practitioners may choose from a variety of specialties, including:
  • Family Practice
  • Geriatric
  • Pediatric
  • Women's Health
  • Neonatal
  • Psychiatric

Some other practice nursing specialties are:
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Nurse Anesthetists
  • Nurse Midwives
Some nurse practitioners may also choose to go into hospital administration. As you may see, there may be many paths for nurse practitioners to pursue within health care.

Education Requirements for Nurse Practitioners

Nursing practitioners might need a Master's degree and may require a BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) for entry. Some schools may require practice as a registered nurse (RN).

Career Outlook and Salary Information for Nurse Practitioners

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data of 2010, median annual salary for registered nurses: $64,690.

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