Becoming A Nurse Practitioner

By: Louis Zw Zhang

Becoming a nurse practitioner is a good choice of career. Demand for healthcare professionals in the United States continues to grow. Besides being a noble job, as a nurse practitioner you get paid a nice salary. It is possible to earn a good salary in this medical field which requires a lot of training and is one of the most cherished jobs from a religious perspective too. The job of a nurse brings many blessings. After all you work hard to serve mankind and that’s the most uplifting work one can do in this world.

If you have decided to become a nurse practitioner then you must be prepared to work in shifts evening or night, do some overtime and even sometimes you have to work on weekends, go to hospital on calls at odd hours, take care of patients at home and other kinds of requirement that may arise. Thus the job of a nurse demands a lot of energy and patience.

Now the question is what procedures are required to becoming a nurse practitioner? Well to become a registered NP, you must first be a registered nurse and then you must get a Master's degree in nursing from any of the accredited nursing schools around. According to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners it’s very essential to get degrees from accredited schools so that you don't face any unnecessary hassle when you apply for jobs.

Sometimes the certificates in certain states require recommendations by state licensing boards. A registered nurse practitioner can also get specialized degrees like adult NPs, pediatric NPs, psychiatric NPs, family NPs, acute care NPs, certified nurse midwives, geriatric NPs, acute care NPs, palliative care NPs, occupational Health NPs, and certified registered nurse anesthetists.

Today to become a registered nurse practitioner has become quite easy with online programs. There are many online schools which offer online degrees that can help in becoming a nurse practitioner. One of factors which attracts lots of young people to this profession is the lucrative salary and other benefits like bonus, life insurance coverage, disability insurances and others.

The salaries of nurse practitioners depends a lot on different factors. It varies due to experience, qualification, geographical location and other places. The average salary of an experienced registered nurse practitioner varies between $80,000 to $95,000. These figures don't include the bonuses, overtime pay and other benefits.

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