Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
Your job is to Diagnose and treat acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. May focus on health promotion and disease prevention. May order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests such as lab work and x rays. May prescribe medication. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.
Common job titles of Nurse Practitioners include:
Experience and Education
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
83.33% said they needed a Master's Degree.
6.67% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.
Diagnose or treat complex, unstable, comorbid, episodic, or emergency conditions in collaboration with other health care providers as necessary.
Develop treatment plans, based on scientific rationale, standards of care, and professional practice guidelines.
Recommend interventions to modify behavior associated with health risks.
Prescribe medication dosages, routes, and frequencies, based on such patient characteristics as age and gender.
Provide patients or caregivers with assistance in locating health care resources.
Schedule follow-up visits to monitor patients or evaluate health or illness care.
Treat or refer patients for primary care conditions, such as headaches, hypertension, urinary tract infections, upper respiratory infections, and dermatological conditions.
Diagnose or treat chronic health care problems, such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
Read current literature, talk with colleagues, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in nursing.
Order, perform, or interpret the results of diagnostic tests, such as complete blood counts (CBCs), electrocardiograms (EKGs), and radiographs (x-rays).
Maintain complete and detailed records of patients' health care plans and prognoses.
Educate patients about self-management of acute or chronic illnesses, tailoring instructions to patients' individual circumstances.
Diagnose or treat acute health care problems, such as illnesses, infections, or injuries.
Prescribe medications based on efficacy, safety, and cost as legally authorized.
Recommend diagnostic or therapeutic interventions with attention to safety, cost, invasiveness, simplicity, acceptability, adherence, and efficacy.
Analyze and interpret patients' histories, symptoms, physical findings, or diagnostic information to develop appropriate diagnoses.
Maintain departmental policies and procedures in areas such as safety and infection control.
Supervise or coordinate patient care or support staff activities.
Provide patients with information needed to promote health, reduce risk factors, or prevent disease or disability.
Counsel patients about drug regimens and possible side effects or interactions with other substances, such as food supplements, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, or herbal remedies.
Advocate for accessible health care that minimizes environmental health risks.
Perform routine or annual physical examinations.
Perform primary care procedures such as suturing, splinting, administering immunizations, taking cultures, and debriding wounds.
Detect and respond to adverse drug reactions, with special attention to vulnerable populations such as infants, children, pregnant and lactating women, or older adults.
Consult with, or refer patients to, appropriate specialists when conditions exceed the scope of practice or expertise.
Keep abreast of regulatory processes and payer systems, such as Medicare, Medicaid, managed care, and private sources.
Maintain current knowledge of state legal regulations for nurse practitioner practice, including reimbursement of services.
Visual acuity testing cards
Ventricular assist devices VAD
Vaginal exam specula
Urinalysis test strips
Upper extremity bracesAll Tools
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
Tracheal suctioning equipment
Tissue culture incubators
Surgical staple removers
Straight surgical scissors
Spinal immobilization equipment
Specimen collection containers
Snellen eye charts
Pulsed dye lasers
Pulmonary artery catheters
Protective face shields
Portable electrocardiography EKG machines
Personal digital assistants PDA
Pediatric blood pressure cuffs
Oxygen delivery masks
Orthopedic splinting equipment
Oral suctioning equipment
Nasal suctioning equipment
Multiple lumen central line catheters
Multi-line telephone systems
Medical examination protective gloves
Mechanical intermittent positive pressure ventilators
Lower extremity braces
Intravenous IV infusion pumps
Intravenous IV cutdown trays
Intravenous IV administration sets
Intracranial pressure monitors
Intra-aortic balloon pumps IABP
Head immobilization devices
Halo traction equipment
Evacuated blood collection tubes
Endotracheal ET tubes
Electrosurgical cauterization machines
Electronic blood pressure monitors
Electrocardiography EKG machines
Doppler ultrasound equipment
Digital medical thermometers
Diagnostic tuning forks
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR face shields
Carbon dioxide CO2 lasers
Blood drawing syringes
Binocular light compound microscopes
Bilevel positive airway pressure BiPAP ventilators
Automated external defibrillators AED
Arterial line catheters
Arterial blood gas monitoring equipment
Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS
Medical condition coding software
Allscripts Professional EHR
Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMRAll Technologies
GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
Medical procedure coding software
MicroFour PracticeStudio.NET EMR
NextGen Healthcare Information Systems EMR
PCC Pediatric Partner
StatCom Patient Flow Logistics Enterprise Suite
Texas Medical Software SpringCharts EMR
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Teaching others how to do something.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity
Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Therapy and Counseling
Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Philosophy and Theology
Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
Law and Government
Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Communications and Media
Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.