As a nurse practitioner, you have the opportunity to remain in a general path of practice or adopt a specialty line of care. Your team at NP PA Recruiters has gathered a few of the more profitable nurse practitioner specialties should you decide to move in a new direction.
1. Family Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified
This role focuses on a broad field of care. As an FNP-BC, you will have the most flexibility working in settings like a hospital, medical office, clinic, or even your own practice.
These types of NPs practice in a similar way to family doctors by:
- Diagnosing and treating patients
- Providing wellness check-ups
- Prescribing medication
This specialty is perfect for those who would like to establish long-term patient relationships. As of May 2016, the average salary for a FNP-BC is around $100,910 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
2. Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified
An AGPCNP-BC serves an older demographic of patients, providing primary care in outpatient settings such as clinics or medical offices. Your patients are normally older adults who suffer from minor to chronic illnesses and you can expect to have routine visits with them.
Data on AGPCNP-BC salary is limited and dependent on location, nursing role, and employer. You can expect it to be around the same as an FNP-BC, ranging from $90,000 to $130,000 in larger urban areas.
3. Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Adult-Gerontology
These types of NPs focus on working with older patients that have more serious health issues and conditions. In order to qualify for the certification examination, you must have already completed a graduate-level program to become an adult-gerontology ACNP at a school of nursing that is nationally accredited.
These types of NPs tend to work in hospital emergency rooms and intensive care units. Salary details for this specialization are limited.
4. Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified
As the title may suggest, these types of nurse practitioners treat patients who suffer from mental illnesses like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental health conditions. This specialization is earned through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
The average salary for PMHNP-BC is around $97,800.
5. Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified
A PPCNP-BC works with children ranging from infants to adolescents. This practice focuses on providing exceptional primary health care to these young patients in an effort to help them develop both physically and emotionally. Completing an examination is required to earn the designation PPCNP-BC.
As for the average salary in this particular field, you can expect it to be around $99,058 a year.
6. Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
These types of NPs focus on providing quality care to infants, newborns, or even unborn fetuses during pregnancy. Where they shine, however, is in giving care to sick babies that were born prematurely.
This specialization can take years to master, but in the long run, it can earn practitioners between $70,000 to $90,000 per year on average, depending on location, employer, and role.
7. Orthopedic Nurse Practitioners
These NPs focus on conditions that affect the muscles or skeleton such as arthritis, joint conditions, and more. Oftentimes, they help patients stay informed about support systems, give basic care, and help patients understand self-care options, too.
As the American population grows older in age, it is expected that positions in this field will grow exponentially in demand. Salaries average from $70,000 to $90,000 but could very likely increase due to demand.
8. Urgent Care Nurse Practitioners
This field offers a lot of compensation for NPs as it demands a lot from them as well. It isn’t limited to NPs with a lot of experience, either. New graduates are welcome to specialize in this field.
In urgent care, NPs will be working long days, around 12-hour shifts, servicing patients that have acute illnesses and/or injuries.
On the bright side, you will be providing a welcome service to grateful patients, have increased work schedule flexibility, and earn an average of $152,165 per year.
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