Whenever you go to the doctor’s office, your expectation is to see the actual physician. Well, that isn’t always the case.
There are a plethora of reasons why your doctor may not be available. Regardless though, there are other clinic staff members who are just as qualified to take care of you – the Nurse Practitioner. NP’s have the education and training to perform many of the same examination procedures previously reserved for physicians, and can usually take a bit more time to listen to you and your concerns.
A job as an NP is not only rewarding emotionally, in that it allows you to provide a meaningful service to those in need, but also the financial benefits for all your hard work is well worth the effort.
According to U.S. News, Nurse Practitioner is ranked the #5 best healthcare job for 2016. Read on to find out why.
Nurse Practitioners perform essentially like physicians.
As a future NP, you should undoubtedly be aware of all the training this career entails. There are definitely going to be some years of hard work involved, course work that will push you to the limits, and an ample amount of clinical hours required. Though the blood, sweat, and tears may seemingly drive you to the edge of your sanity, ultimately, the effort is well worth the cause.
Going through the process of becoming a Nurse Practitioner, and meeting the mandatory criteria provides many privileges; nearly the same as a traditional doctor.
NPs are able to complete physical examinations, take health histories, diagnose/treat health problems, prescribe medications, and refer to other healthcare providers, alongside a variety of additional privileges and responsibilities.
There are currently 21 states where NPs are allowed to own a private practice, though the rest of the nation does have certain restrictions placed upon NPs and their ability to provide a full range of services.
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To truly appreciate the full-scope of a NP’s impact in the medical world, take into consideration that a recent study noted that patients actually preferred to see an NP over a physician.
Demand is high.
When the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, the demand for medical care skyrocketed to its highest in recent history. The increase in population, and the aging Baby Boomer generation, has led to a spike in individuals who are able to afford health care, and who in turn visit hospitals, doctors’ offices, and clinics much more frequently. As a direct result of shortages of primary care physicians, the necessity of having licensed NPs in the workforce has grown tremendously. Reports project that by 2025 more than 244,000 NPs will be employed.
Meet the challenge.
The challenges, and successes, of being in the medical field is what continuously draws individuals into the workforce. The “average day” of a NP is unlike any other, providing a constant opportunity to learn and grow. Undoubtedly, it’s the everyday challenges that help to maintain a NP’s interest and desire to assist those in need of medical care. The stronger the challenge, the stronger the will to assist becomes.
According to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, salaries have increased by 10% since 2011! The average income, which was in the high 90’s, has since increased to around $108,000. Hard work does indeed pay off. Of course salaries do vary by specialty, with Psychiatric NPs earning some of the highest wages at around $132,000.
Regardless of which specialty you decide to choose, the likelihood of obtaining a decent living is exceptionally high.
Nurse Practitioners are more than just medical specialists – they are heroes, miracle workers, and life changers.
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