Nurse Practitioners


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+52.4% (much faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Master's degree


What Nurse Practitioners Do

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.

Other Job Titles Nurse Practitioners May Have

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Family Practice Certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Gastroenterology Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Practitioner (NP), Nurse Practitioner, Adult, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP), Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Student ,

University of Idaho

I am a student at the University of Idaho. I am also involved as an officer at my sorority. I go to class every day. When I get home I work on homework then take care of my obligations for my sorority. During the summer I have worked at a nursing home for the past 4 1/2 years. I would go to work every day knowing that 14 people's lives were literately in my hands. It's a great feeling but at the same time death is something I have to face in that career and that is always hard to cope with.

GYN Nurse Practitioner ,


I work with women who choose to be very open about who they are and what they are dealing with in being themselves.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Analyze and interpret patients' histories, symptoms, physical findings, or diagnostic information to develop appropriate diagnoses.
  • Diagnose or treat acute health care problems, such as illnesses, infections, or injuries.
  • Recommend diagnostic or therapeutic interventions with attention to safety, cost, invasiveness, simplicity, acceptability, adherence, and efficacy.
  • Prescribe medications based on efficacy, safety, and cost as legally authorized.
  • Educate patients about self-management of acute or chronic illnesses, tailoring instructions to patients' individual circumstances.

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