Nurse Practitioner

A Nurse Practitioner provides primary and specialty care, helping patients holistically through diagnostics, treatment and education.


Nurse Practitioners are in demand because they have specialized knowledge and can fill the need for primary care and experienced staff in outpatient centers, hospitals, and rural areas.

Required education
Average annual salary
Higher salary
Earn more for by having advanced skills and responsibilities.
Prescribe medications, work on your own or even start your own practice, depending on the state you work in.
Oversee other nurses and help improve healthcare for all.
Work hands-on, directly with patients.
Follow a routine that allows you to anticipate and prepare for every situation.
Take on different tasks, patients, and situations every day.
As a Nurse Practitioner, you can specialize in one of many different areas in family practice, pediatrics, women’s health, psychiatry, and more.
What you’ll do
What you’ll do


You’ll teach patients and their families about diseases, processes, treatment and the best ways to stay healthy.


Part of your responsibilities will include managing other nurses.


Your scope of practice will depend on your state regulations, ranging from full practice, to restricted practice supervised by another healthcare provider.

Where you’ll work
  • Clinics
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Hospitals
  • Your own practice
How to become a Nurse Practitioner


Pass the NCLEX-RN .


Get a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

Focus on a specialty such as family and primary care, women’s health, geriatrics, or psychiatry.


Get your Board Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


You’re ready to work as a Nurse Practitioner.

Specialized Nurse Practitioners
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
    A Family Nurse Practitioner provides primary and specialty care to patients of all ages, much like a family practice doctor.
  • Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
    A Gerontological Nurse Practitioner is a multi-disciplined primary healthcare provider who helps patients manage the physical, mental, and social effects of aging.
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
    A Pediatric Nurse Practitioner provides primary and specialty healthcare to children from infancy to young adulthood.
  • High Demand
    Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
    A Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner takes care of patients diagnosed with mental disorders and behavioral problems.

Notes on Nursing Podcast

4 Podcasts
  • Innovation Thru Nurse Practitioner Led Community Health Clinics
    I interview Nurse Practitioner and healthcare innovator Donna Torrisi in this episode of Nursing Notes Live. Donna is a Family Nurse Practitioner, a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship Program, and a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
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