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Become a Nurse Practitioner to Advance Your Nursing Career

  • Article by:Health Career Center

Thinking about becoming a nurse practitioner? We don’t blame you — it’s one of the best choices a nurse can make in the current employment landscape.

According to U.S. News magazine’s 100 Best Jobs rankings, NPs have the #2 best job in the country right now, earning anywhere from $75,000 to $135,000 per year. Even better, today’s NPs have hundreds of open positions to choose from at

Here are just a few of the biggest reasons why becoming a nurse practitioner is an extremely prudent next step in your career.


Variety in each day’s work

You’ve heard the saying that “variety is the spice of life,” and some university-level researchers have found a correlation between diversity in day-to-day tasks and overall levels of happiness.

For variety in the work environment, you can’t do much better than being a nurse practitioner. In addition to general nursing responsibilities, NPs are able to perform many of the same tasks as physicians. That includes performing physical exams, ordering labs, analyzing test results, authorizing treatments and even prescribing medicine.

What’s more, you can expect these physician-like responsibilities to expand as the U.S. experiences a doctor shortage over the next decade, and primary care starts to cover behavioral health services.


A satisfying work environment

It’s not unusual to see nurse practitioners working well into their retirement age without transferring to a more sedentary or desk-bound role. That’s due to a variety of reasons; but most of all, it’s because many find that being an NP is so enjoyable and fulfilling, they don’t want to quit.

A big part of nurse practitioners’ job satisfaction comes from helping people in need and meeting new faces each day, of course. That much is expected. But what you may not realize is just how low-stress an NP’s job can be, especially in the context of a hospital setting.

And contrary to what you might think, nurse practitioners enjoy one of the best work/life balances in the healthcare industry. This is due to the fact that NPs have so many options for creating their own career paths, whether it’s working in a hospital, as a family practice nurse, or focusing on dozens of possible sub-specialties.


How you can get started

Speaking of career paths, advancement opportunities for nurse practitioners are in abundant supply. There are countless ways to get your foot in the door once you earn your master’s degree.

Start by specializing in an area of interest to you. Do you prefer the fast-paced environment of the emergency room, or the more predictable nature of community clinics that offer wellness and preventative care services? Either way, a few years in your chosen setting should give you the experience you need to land a lucrative and rewarding job as an NP.

As you can see, the future is bright for nurse practitioners no matter how you choose to become one. Visit us at today, and we’ll give you more information on how you can start the process.





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