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Oswego Career Ladders - Nurse Practitioner

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Nurse Practitioner

Industry: Healthcare
Area: Nursing and Direct Patient Care

A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse with advanced academic and clinical experience, which enables him or her to diagnose and manage most common ailments and many chronic illnesses, either independently or as a part of a health care team. A registered nurse is recommended to have extensive clinical experience before applying to a nurse practitioner program. A nurse practitioner provides some care previously offered only by physicians and in most states has the ability to prescribe medications. Working in collaboration with a physician, a nurse practitioner provides high-quality, cost-effective and individualized care for the lifespan of a patient’s special needs.

Work Settings

Nurse practitioners focus largely on health maintenance, disease prevention, counseling, and patient education in a wide variety of settings. With a strong emphasis on primary care, nurse practitioners are employed within several specialties, including neonatology, nursemidwifery, pediatrics, school health, family and adult health, women’s health, mental health, home care, geriatrics and acute care.

Education

A Nurse Practitioner needs to first become a registered nurse and then acquire advanced academic and clinical training.

Job Outlook

Expected to grow faster than average through 2008.

Salary

$40,000 - $110,000

Work Schedule

Standard 40-hour week; may include evening, weekend hours.

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