ReNursing is all about education if you want to advance your nursing career. Today we’ll look at the Nurse Practitioner. Changing roles from a ICU nurse to an FNP was a huge learning curve, but I actually love to enjoy my job very much and I’m glad I made the decision to go back to school. If you’re considering the Nurse Practitioner profession take a look at this article I wrote for DailyNurse. com.
The Nurse Practitioner (NP) profession was ranked #6 in the U.S. News and World Report’s 100 Best Jobs of 2016, and it’s easy to see why: good working conditions, the ability to be a dedicated provider, and increased job satisfaction, just to name a few.
According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), there are more than 205,000 NPs in the United States as of 2014, with an estimated growth to 244,000 by 2025. Nurse practitioners care for patients across the lifespan in a variety of settings and are one of four recognized advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) roles, which also includes Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Anesthetists, and Certified Nurse Midwifes.
All NPs must complete a master’s (or doctorate) degree program, and they hold certificates in one of 8 recognized specialties, with Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) being the most popular at 54.5%.
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