What is a Nurse Practitioner?

What is a Nurse Practitioner

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
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