How to become a Nurse Practitioner
- Graduate from High School
- Persue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited program
- Become a Registered Nurse (pass NCLEX-RN exam)
- Gain experience and get specialized training in the area that interests you
- Get a graduate degree in Nursing
- Receive NP License and certifications through state agencys and specialty nursing boards (ANCC or AANP)
Evolution of the Nurse Practitioner
- In 1960, access to health care was very scarce and it was time for a change especially for the underserved community.
- In 1965, Loretta Ford and Henry Silver created the Nurse Practitioner with hopes to expand the health care reform.
- Nurse practitioners are offering exceptional access to health care services at a lower cost. NP’s are thorough and compassionate and they truly care about their patients health and well being.
- Nurse practitioners are finally able to practice independently without being under a physician in 28 states. This is HUGE in the health care industry. Nurse Practitioners are gaining more respect than ever before.
- Nurse Practitioners are one of the fastest growing fields right now with over 400 Institutes offering NP programs.
- Currently, there are over 325,000 Nurse Practioners licensed in the US.
Duties and Responsibilities of a Nurse Practioner
- Order and perform diagnostic tests such as labs, x-rays, EKG’s
- diagnose and treat conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, anxiety, obesity, infections and injuries
- Prescribe medications
- Physically examine patients, record symptoms, and follow up with patients to determine effectiveness of treatment
- Refer patients to outside specialty doctors for extensive treatment