- Be a Registered Nurse by getting a Bachelor in Science of Nursing.
- Experience is needed before applying for the masters program.
- Get the license and certifications.
- Get special certifications.
Why are nurse practitioners beneficial for patients?
Going to the doctor can be costly. Many people say that they need to see a doctor and does not realize that nurse practitioners are capable of performing adequate patient care as well at a more affordable cost. They are part of a collaborative team to provide a high quality level of care. Surveys have shown that patients have higher satisfaction scores towards offices and units with nurse practitioners than without.
How long does it take to become a nurse practitioner?
It takes roughly around 6 years, depending on your schedule if you go to school full time. Bachelor in Science of Nursing can take 2-4 years to obtain. Graduate nursing education can take 2-4 years. Physicians take around 11 years in comparison.
What can nurse practitioners be responsible for?
Doctors are not the only ones that can prescribe medications. Nurse practitioners are allowed to prescribe medications and other treatments. Responsibilities also include counseling, educating patients, diagnosing, and treatment conditions. Diagnostic tests and lab works can also be ordered. The level of responsibilities can vary in different states. For example, California and Texas nurse practitioners must collaborate with physicians before prescribing or performing treatments.
What are the costs of becoming a nurse practitioner?
It varies on the university/college of your choice. However, I know a nurse practitioner who chose to work full time at a hospital that provided full reimbursement for her graduate school. The contract included that she must work for 5 years at the hospital. It is possible to get your dream job without worrying about the costs if you’re willing to agree to the conditions.
What fields does nurse practitioner specialize in?
- Geriatric Health
- Family Health
- Neonatal Health
- Women’s Health
- Psychiatric Health
- Pediatric Health