Nurse Practitioners function as general or specialized health care professionals autonomously or under the supervision of a doctor. Many of these nurses perform together with physicians in a hospital or outpatient medical center, although some operate their own private practices.
There are several areas in which Nurse Practitioners can specialize. Here is a list of these specialties with corresponding certification title:
- Acute Care NP (ACNP-BC)
- Adult NP (ANP-BC)
- Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP (AGACNP-BC)
- Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (AGPCNP-BC)
- Adult-Psychiatric/Mental Health NP (PMHNP-BC)
- Emergency NP (ENP-BC)
- Family NP (FNP-BC)
- Family Psychiatric/Mental Health NP (PMHNP-BC)
- Gerontological NP (GNP-BC)
- Pediatric NP (PNP-BC)
- School NP (SNP-BC)
Primary roles include writing prescriptions, identifying diseases, setting up courses of treatment and arranging patient lab tests.
Primary characteristics include being resourceful, organized, patient-personable and autonomous.
A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with concentration on a clinical specialty is usually required.
Certification in your chosen specialty through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
Salaries range between $60,000 – $85,000.