Nurse Practitioner By: Summer’eAndary
History: • In the mid-1960s there wasn’t enough healthcare services. • The University of Colorado’s School of Nursing gave the idea of a program for nurse practitioners. It was developed into a Master’s degree curriculum. • Loretta Ford who was currently an RN co-founded this program. It’s first specialty fields was a pediatrician. Later the other fields were added. • In 1917 the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare started to support the Nurse Practitioner programs and started giving money to the programs. • It started out to where all you needed was a certificate but then it moved to a master’s degree and now it is moving toward a doctorate degree.
Job Description: • Advanced RN • Helps with all patients’ care and needs. • May work inpatient or outpatient situations.
Who would hire you: • Physicians’ offices • Schools • Clinics • Hospitals • Special care facilities
Hours: • NPs who work in schools or physicians’ offices tend to work normal hours. The NPs that work in hospitals or specialty facilities could have to work 12 hour shift and sometimes 24 hour shift because some patients need extensive care or around the clock care. NPs work all the time, nights, weekends, holidays, and can even be on call.
Salary: • Beginning Salary:$82,542 • Average National Salary: $98,817 • Average Georgia Salary: $106,000 • Average Savannah Salary: $100,000 • Top Salary: $125,450
Educational Requirements: • How much education: You would have to be a licensed registered nurse (RN) before moving up to a practitioner. Most programs that you would enter to become a NP would want you have at least a bachelors degree in nursing. • License/Certificates: Licensed registered nurse, degree from accredited program, pass a national certification exam, earn a second license specific to the APRN field that you want to go into. • Experience: you don’t need any previous work or experience or internships
The next two slides will be all the classes you would have to take to become a nurse practitioner:
Anatomy and Physiology I and II • Sociology • Humanities • Chemistry • Philosophy • Nutrition • Psychology • Developmental psychology • Abnormal psychology • Statistics • Epidemiology • Community health • Nursing theory • Research • Evidence based practice • Pharmacology
Fundamentals of nursing practice and 9 more nursing courses including medical, surgical, pediatric, geriatric, etc. • Ethics • Microbiology • Health assessment • Hundreds of hours of clinical time in nursing homes, hospitals and community clinics for BSN • Professional roles for advanced practice nursing • Advanced pathophysiology • Advanced health assessment • Advanced practice procedures (suturing, etc.) • Pharmacotherapeutics • Primary care of adults (use the same Harrison text as MD students) • Primary care of children • Advanced primary care of families • Thesis • Over 600 hours clinical practice
Colleges: • Armstrong Atlantic State University • Albany State University • Georgia State University • Valdosta State University • Kennesaw State University
Occupational Outlook in Georgia: • The job outlook from 2012-2022 is 31% • Over 151,400 nurse practitioners are hired every year and it is expected to increase 37,100 by that in the next few years.
Physical Demands: • You stand a lot which can cause back pain. • Also you have to be physically fit because you have to move patients. • You also have to make very important decisions which can cause you to have stress and can be emotionally draining with all the stuff you see throughout the day. • NP can easily get too because they surrounded by sick people.
Typical Tasks: • Educate the patients about how to prevent illness and they prescribe treatments. • Conduct physicals. • Perform or order lab tests on the patient. • Prescribe medications. • Do check ups.
Tools You Will Need: • Thermometer • Stethoscope • Otoscope • Wristwatch • Blood pressure cuff
Personal Characteristics: • Communication skills • Critical thinking • Compassion • Ability to observe • Ability to work with other people • Leadership skills • Ability to use all the resources given to them
Opportunities to Advance: • When you are an Np that is already an advancement from an RN but you can go get a doctorate and create your own business and practices.
Resources: • http://data.bls.gov/search/query/results?cx=013738036195919377644%3A6ih0hfrgl50&q=nurse+practitioner+inurl%3Abls.gov%2Fooh%2F • http://www1.salary.com/Nurse-Practitioner-Salary.html • http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Nurse_Practitioner_(NP)/Salary • http://www.bls.gov/ooh/