Nurse Practitioner (NP) - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Nurse Practitioner (NP)


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Job Description

 

A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse trained in advanced practice who can provide care to patients throughout the span of years, from premature newborns to the elderly.

Nurse practitioners are an integral part of the overall health care provider system.

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Responsibilities

 

Nurse practitioners must utilize critical thinking skills when obtaining relevant information about their patient’s health status.

They may sometimes need to consult a wide variety of sources, such as the patient’s verbal responses to interrogatories, the clinical examination of the patient and the results of diagnostic tests.

They must make use of the acquired data to independently make evidence-based decisions about their patient’s conditions and potential treatments.

A nurse practitioner must be able to cope well with stress, as their work places them in a position of direct involvement with human suffering, life-threatening emergencies and other pressures.

Nurse practitioners can perform any of the following comprehensive and focused health care interventions:

  • Identification and treatment of common acute illnesses and injuries

  • Provide necessary immunizations

  • Management of chronic health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and depression

  • Order and evaluate diagnostic tests such as EKGs, X-rays and laboratory tests

  • Prescribe therapies and routine medications

  • Perform medical procedures

  • Providing counseling and educational services to patients and their families and caregivers about healthy lifestyle choices and health care options

Nurse practitioners have the authority to practice independently in 26 states. They can prescribe medications in all 50 states, including controlled substances.

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Skills

 

Mental Endurance

Must be able to handle pressure and the demanding work and long hours that comes with their job title.

Physical Endurance

NPs are on their feet all the time and need to be able to respond quickly to situations as they arise.

Stress Management

They must manage the stress and pressure that comes with their job.

Empathy

Being able to relate to patients on an emotional level and understand what they go through is super important for NPs because interact with patients constantly.

Organization

Must be able to situate tasks and documents so as not to mix up records or medications.

Communication

They must communicate between patients and their families so they have to communicate clearly and relay information at a high level.

Patience

Becoming a nurse practitioner and advancing in the field takes time, so it's important to take it slow and easy and save yourself a ton of anxiety.

Detail-Oriented

NPs have a ton of tasks they must perform, so they have to pay attention so as not to mix up medications and seriously injure or harm a patient.

Critical Thinking

 Must constantly be devising new ways of interacting with people, adapt to changes, and learn about the things a medical professional needs to know.

 

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Working Conditions

 

There are approximately 15 percent of all nurse practitioners providing health care services in their own private practices.

There are also a growing number of nurse-managed health care centers across the United States.

In these facilities, all of the health care is provided by and directed by nurse practitioners working in collaboration with other health care professionals.

In addition to private practice, nurse practitioners may find employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Medical clinics

  • Doctor’s offices

  • Hospitals

  • Managed care organizations

  • Service organizations focusing on rural areas

  • Community health centers in urban areas

  • Community college and university campuses

  • Employee wellness and health care centers

  • Health care technology companies, such as pharmaceutical manufacturers

  • Health care research facilities

  • Educational roles in schools and universities

  • Governmental agencies, such as health departments or military service

Depending on the area where he or she is working, the nurse practitioner’s work schedule may be a standard workweek, or it may include weekend and holiday rotations. There may be on-call hours required, as well.

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are highly and actively recruited as the number of primary care physicians decreases nationwide. NPs will continue to be sought after as the demand for health care services continues to increase. 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
01.27.2020
SUMMARY OF JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: The nurse practitioner (NP) works in collaboration with the orthopedic surgeon within the scope of practice guidelines agreed upon by the collaborating parties. Provide evaluation and treatment of new patients,...
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Signature Medical Group is seeking a part time Nurse Practitioner for our Urgent Care located at 110 Liberty Street in Brockton. The Nurse Practitioner will have clinical staff of a RN, LPN, or a MA as well as a Medical Office Coordinator...
01.27.2020
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01.22.2020
Location/Department: Brookville Minor Care & Primary Care A clinically competent NP who demonstrates expertise in the assessment of the patient, diagnosis and the management of medical conditions both acute and chronic. Works independently...
11.27.2019
This part-time position provides patient care to students at St. Olaf College in the on-campus Student Health Services clinic. Responsibilities: Evaluate, diagnose and treat illnesses and minor injuries Partner with area healthcare providers...
11.08.2019
Duties/Responsibilities Clinical The Nurse Practitioner shall provide the following clinical services to patients of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth and the HMFP/JPA Cardiology Practice: Manage inpatient consult service and hand-off...
01.27.2020
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11.04.2019
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01.27.2020
Kootenai Clinic - Hospital Medicine Full Time, Variable Requisition # 25780 Kootenai Clinic is looking for an exceptional Nurse Practitionerto join their team of professionals. Candidate must have exceptional clinical and communicative...
01.27.2020
The Nurse Practitioner (NP) also known as Advanced Practice Provider (APP) provides primary care to patients under the supervision of the Supervising Physician in the clinic following established standards and practices. Required Minimum...
01.27.2020
Experienced Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner needed for our convenient care clinic in Lake Tillery, NC. Providers deliver a full range of services. X-ray and laboratory available on-site. Dependable schedule, three 12 hour shifts/week....
01.27.2020
Sanford, ME *32 hours per week* Maine Behavioral Healthcare, a MaineHealth member, has an exciting and interesting position for a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) to work with the Southern Maine Health Care Primary Care in...
12.11.2019
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital- Plymouth is seeking a Per Diem Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner to join our Critical Care Team. Join an integrated team between BIDP and BIDMC caring for both surgical and medical patients in a 14 bed unit....
  1. Nurse Practitioner (NP) Lake Charles, LA Lake Charles Memorial Hospital
    SUMMARY OF JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: The nurse practitioner (NP) works in collaboration with the orthopedic surgeon within the scope of practice guidelines agreed upon by the collaborating parties. Provide evaluation and treatment of new patients,...
  2. Nurse Practitioner - NP Center for Addiction Montgomery, AL Baptist Health
    Nurse Practitioner - NP Center for Addiction-(26-6471-NP-112019) Description Baptist Health is the largest healthcare system serving central Alabama, providing comprehensive hospital-based and outpatient services to nearly 60 percent of the...
  3. NURSE PRACTITIONER Bozeman, MT Bozeman Health
    Family nurse practitioner provides healthcare to the full spectrum of the lifespan of patients. Provides patient care, within the scope of practice of the NP license, in the arenas of urgent care and retail care. NP services include assessment,...
  4. Nurse Practitioner Brockton, MA Signature Healthcare
    Signature Medical Group is seeking a part time Nurse Practitioner for our Urgent Care located at 110 Liberty Street in Brockton. The Nurse Practitioner will have clinical staff of a RN, LPN, or a MA as well as a Medical Office Coordinator...
  5. Nurse Practitioner Dermatology Kennebunk Portland, ME MaineHealth
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  7. Physician Assistant (PA) or Nurse Practitioner (NP) Northfield, MN Northfield Hospital & Clinics
    This part-time position provides patient care to students at St. Olaf College in the on-campus Student Health Services clinic. Responsibilities: Evaluate, diagnose and treat illnesses and minor injuries Partner with area healthcare providers...
  8. Nurse Practitioner (NP) - Cardiology Service Plymouth, MA Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Plymouth
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  9. Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner Pinehurst, NC FirstHealth of the Carolinas
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  10. Physician Assistant (PA) or Nurse Practitioner (NP) Northfield, MN Northfield Hospital & Clinics
    We are seeking a casual/call Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner to join our Urgent Care in our Lakeville Clinic. You'll provide urgent care services including medical, orthopedic and minor surgical care, treatment for illnesses and...
  11. Nurse Practitioner Coeur d'Alene, ID Kootenai Health
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  12. Nurse Practitioner -Family Medicine Sanford Portland, ME MaineHealth
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  13. Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner Pinehurst, NC FirstHealth of the Carolinas
    Experienced Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner needed for our convenient care clinic in Lake Tillery, NC. Providers deliver a full range of services. X-ray and laboratory available on-site. Dependable schedule, three 12 hour shifts/week....
  14. Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Portland, ME MaineHealth
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  15. NP/PA- Critical Care Plymouth, MA Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital - Plymouth
    Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital- Plymouth is seeking a Per Diem Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner to join our Critical Care Team. Join an integrated team between BIDP and BIDMC caring for both surgical and medical patients in a 14 bed unit....