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Career Profiles: Nurse Practitioner

What do they do?

NP's are RN's with advanced formal training.  NP's work closely with physicians and provide direct patient care, including assessing, diagnosing, planning and prescribing pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment of health problems, health promotion and preventative care within the specialized area of practice.

Where do they work?

Hospitals, clinics, private physician practices, acute care, psych/mental health, public health clinics, industrial plants and many other places where health care is provided.

Educational Requirements

Most RN's interested in becoming a NP obtain a Master's Degree in Nursing.  National certification and State Board of Nursing specialty certification and licensure is also required.

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