How Nurse Practitioners Increase Treatment Successes and Reduce Healthcare Costs - Qualifications and Services
The Rise Of the Nurse Practitioner: 1995 - 2012
In the mid-1990s, we had no independent Nurse Practitioners (NPs) listed in our Central Ohio telephone directories. In 2012, we had 478 listings. During the roughly 17 years that intervened, the concept of this occupation was accepted by the rest of the medical community and the practice of it expanded admirably. According to the American Nurses Association, from 60 to 80% of all primary and preventive care can be performed alone by nurse practitioners. In addition, NPs are permitted to do a variety of procedures that include spinal taps and bone marrow biopsies.
A real benefit to us all is that NPs can be a person's primary health care provider, to furnish a Healthcare Home (point of consistent medical contact) and generally serve patients of all ages.
The work of Nurse Practitioners can increase the quality of healthcare while reducing associated costs to patients. Part of this healthcare improvement is brought by the location of NPs within small clinics in neighborhoods and by the affordable fee structure associated with NP services.
Free standing Nurse Practitioner Clinics are available, but NPs in my area are often found in such facilities as The Little Clinic, MinuteClinic, and similar units in Walgreens, CVS/Pharmacy, Kroger Supermarkets, and other stores in neighborhoods. These places are easy to reach on foot or by bus, and provide free parking for automobiles and other vehicles.
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- Journal: The Nurse Practitioner
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In the Service
My Experience With Medical Professionals
Having worked on treatment teams and having accepted treatment from MDs, DOs, and Nurse Practitioners (NPs), I can say that I have been extremely happy with NP services I have received.
For about 12 years, I worked in a building that, unbeknownst to me, included HVAC duct work that had never been cleaned. This was compounded by a medical clinic located next door to my offices. One year, I contracted cellulitus (a bacterial infection) of the eye, a dangerous condition in which I might have lost the eye. The first time I had this condition, an MD took a long time to diagnose the condition and to decide on a prescription. In addition, the eye drops and ointment took two days to begin to work and I underwent sever eye swelling and pain. However, I was healed of cellulitus in 10 days.
On the second occurrence of the occular cellulitus (as severe as the first), I visited a Nurse Practitioner in a small clinic in the supermarket that was located 1/2 block from home. With the pharmacy next to the clinic, within 40 minutes I had been diagnosed with more personal attention than in the large offices of the MD, and given an ointment that is standard in cases of occular cellulitis - no eye drops. Moreover, My eye healed in 5 days, half the time of the first treatment regimen. In fact, by the next morning, the eye swelling was much improved. The cost of the NP visit was just over half of the cost to see the MD, and it was covered by insurance.
Elements Of the Job and Benefits
The 2012 median annual pay for Nurse Practitioners in the USA according to Salary.com in just over $90,000 a year. This figure is an increase from the 2010 average of $64.690 found by the US Department of Labor.
These professionals are authorized to examine and treat patients independently and in collaboration with other medical professionals as a colleague. The work requires a
- RN certification and a BSN degree, followed by
- Master's Degree in Nursing, MSN, in the chosen area of specialty, along with
- NP certification as a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP) and
- State authorization for advanced practice as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).
Some NPs continue their medical education beyond required yearly Continuing Education credits and earn the Doctor of Nursing degree.
The NP must be able to understand and use a range of related concepts, practices, and procedures with patients. The NP may also supervise the work of other medical professionals.
Average Salary in America: $96,000/year
- This average wage is 35% higher than average salaries for all job postings found nationwide.
- The cities where NPs are in highest demand include, in descending order: New York City, Phoenix, Baltimore, Philadelphia, the entire State of Texas, Atlanta, throughout the State of California, Minneapolis, Cleveland OH (where they are the highest paid in the state), Los Angeles, St. Louis, Columbus OH, and Boston.
High Demand NP Secialties
- FNP : Family Nurse Practitioner - The new "Family Doctor."
- ANP : Adult Nurse Practitioner – Teens and older.
- WHNP : Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.
- GNP : Gerontological Nurse Practitioner - Senior Citizens.
- PNP : Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
- ACPNP : Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - More serious conditions and emergencies.
- NNP : Neonatal Nurse Practitioner - Premature births and infants.
- PMHNP : Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Career Overview of NPs
NP Associations and Information
- American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest and only full-service national professional membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties.
- American College of Nurse Practitioners
- ANCC Certification Center - American Nurses Credentialing Center - ANCC
The ANCC Nurses Certification Program validates nurses' skills and knowledge, through board certification that enhances your career and salary prospects. Learn more now.
- Nurse Practitioner - Mayo School of Health Sciences - Mayo Clinic
Mayo School of Health Sciences educates and prepares allied health professionals. The school enrolls students who excel in academic achievement to become providers of the best care to patients.
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Some Top Nurse Practitioner Schools
- Georgetown University - on campus or online.
- University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia
- Johns Hopkins University
- Columbia University
- University of California - San Francisco
- Duke University and University of Chapel Hill - Research Triangle, North Carolina
- University of Michigan
- University of Southern California
- Oregon Health and Science University
- Purdue University
- University of Cincinnati
- Vanderbilt University
- Fine More Schools at NLNAC - National League for Nursing Accrediting
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