In the article, “Careers: Nurse Practitioner” (BTW) I learned that this position is higher than a Registered Nurse and can do way more services than an RN. Some of their roles include performing physical assessments, diagnosing illnesses, ordering and analyzing medical tests, managing patient treatment, and prescribing some medications. It also says that if you like working with people this may be the career for you and also pays good as well. To even become a practitioner you need education of your bachelors to become a registered nurse then going to graduate school or a program. They earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, and some choose to go to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree (2-3 years), obtain a state license, pass a national certification examination in which you can see that it’s a long journey. As statistics show that in May 2014, the average annual wage for an NP was $97,990. These nurses have some pros and cons. Some pros are that they have flexible work schedules, educational opportunities, and even child care services. A con for them could be that they are doing the same medical tasks over and over again, which could be boring at times.
I think this is a very great job for people that love serving the people and why not as well this job is paying very well. The journey to becoming a practitioner is a long path but it’s all worth it in the end. And we need people because if we dont who is going to this task or help when we need medical injection or treatment procedures. In my opinion, being a nurse is a very good career because you’re helping and serving the community you’re working for. But luckily we have some of these nurses in the US.
Do you think these practitioner nurses should be exposed to other medical tasks to not repeat the same ones after studying a lot?