Nurse Practitioner

Nursing Careers: Nurse Practitioner

Nurse practitioners are registered nurses who have completed additional career training and educational requirements. Unlike registered nurses, a nurse practitioner is able to work independently of a physician or other supervising doctor. Nurse practitioners can perform a variety of procedures, diagnose and treat patients, and depending on state regulations, may be able to write prescriptions for medications. In order to become a nurse practitioner, you must first become a registered nurse (RN) through any number of certification processes. Then, depending on your desired specialty, you must complete educational classes as well as specialized career training under the supervision of an experienced nurse practitioner or physician. According to Salary.Com, www.salary.com, over 75% of nurse practitioners earn over $70,000 a year.

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