If you’re interested in becoming a nurse practitioner, hiring one or choosing one as a primary care provider, it may be helpful to know just what a nurse practitioner job description is. In the field of nursing, a nurse can refer to many professionals such as a registered nurse, licensed practical/vocational nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse educator nurse practitioner. All of these types have a specific set of responsibilities along but share some of the same tasks.
To gain a better understanding of the nurse practitioner’s role, lets investigate the nurse practitioner job description. A Nurse Practitioner is a primary caregiver that can diagnose and initiate and initiate a treatment for diseases and conditions. A Nurse practitioner can right most prescriptions for medications and can order and interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests. A Nurse practitioner also performs medical history and physical assessments in addition to taking into consideration the patient’s social, biological and physical well being.
The Nurse practitioner job description will vary depending on the state and health care setting. For example, almost every state gives the nurse practitioner the right to prescribe narcotic medications. Currently the only two states, Florida and Alabama will restrict a nurse practitioner from prescription narcotics without the doctors approval.
Regardless of what state and setting the nurse practitioner job description exists, all nurse practitioners hold an RN license and at least a masters degree. They are also considered an advanced practice nurse. They wear many hats in which they may work in hospitals, clinics and public health departments. Additional certifications for nurse practitioners can be obtained such as Family health, Pediatrics, Neonatal, Gerontology, Women, Psychiatry and Mental Health, Acute Care, Adult Health, Oncology, Emergency and even Occupational health. A nurse practitioner may even obtain another masters degree to become a Certified Nurse midwife, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, and Clinical Nurse Specialist. Many nurse practitioners even become educators at nursing schools and nurse practitioner programs.
Others in another profession may find the nurse practitioner job description very appealing. Many professionals such as lawyers or pharmacists may have gone back to school to become a nurse practitioner. Many students such as myself, that were pre-med, decided to become a nurse practitioner. Many education programs are currently available to help better transition students into this field or change of career.
Now that we discussed the fundamentals of a nurse practitioner job description, does the profession sound like something you are interested in? If so it is interesting to find out all the different degree programs there are leading up to this career. Of course one must first obtain a Registered Nurse license. This can be accomplished by either enrolling in an associates or bachelors degree in nursing. The best thing to do prior to taking these actions, is to look at the nursing profession and philosophy. Some may find the nursing model of care more appealing than the medical model of care. If in fact this sounds like something that would fit you, then take a look at the different educational programs and degree tracks to becoming a nurse practitioner.