The world of nursing opens doorways into many exciting careers. One in particular is that of a nurse practitioner.
Thankfully, there’s not just one route to being a nurse practitioner—or one nurse practitioner profession. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a growing annual need of 271,900 for this role as well as others like it. The average yearly salary for a nurse practitioner is $111,670 or $56.57 per hour.
Let’s explore the different types of nurse practitioners to give a full idea of the wide careers available.
A FNP works with all kinds of rage ranges, ranging from little kids to senior citizens. FNPs perform physical exams, prescribe medications, perform diagnostic tests, and other responsibilities that fall under general care—similar to a family doctor. Education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, passing the NCLEX-RN exam, several years working as a bedside nurse in a hospital, private practice or clinic, a Master’s Degree (MSN). Many MSN programs actually have a “family nurse practitioner” route, which can take anywhere from 1-3 years to complete, depending on whether attending full or part-time. Additionally, sitting and passing AANP and/or the ANCC certification exams are required to become a working FNP.
The average salary in the U.S. for FNPs is $114,510 or $55.05 per hour.
If you love working with children, then being a PNP might be a great option for you. PNPs provide medical care to children from birth to young adulthood and work to help treat and prevent common illnesses and conditions. It’s important to note that being a PNP is different from being an Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, which focuses on life-threatening illnesses and organ dysfunction or failure.
To be a PNP, you will have to sit and pass the CPNP-PC exam after completion of your MSN or DNP. The average annual salary of a PNP is $110,800 according to Salary.com. Learn more about this role through the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners here.
Being an NNP requires working with babies and also working under pressure. Specifically, NNPs are specialized nurses to high-risk newborns and often work in intensive care units (NICUs) or other labor and delivery clinics. There is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Core Certification exam that is given upon completion of MSN programs.
Responsibilities of an NNP include helping design treatment plans for newborns with complex health problems, education and supporting parents on the needs of the newborn, prescribing medication in accordance with the NICU physician, as well as assessing, diagnosing, and carrying out procedures. In addition to an MSN, two years of experience in the NICU are required for this role, as is the ability to stay calm and work steadily under pressure.
Salary.com estimates the average salary for an NNP is $129,088, but of course that can range depending on where you are located.
Being an PMHNP is a very rewarding job in the world of mental health. You get to work one-on-one with patients and assess, diagnose, as well as treat their mental health conditions and needs. PMHNPs prescribe medication and work with patients who struggle with substance abuse issues. Passing the ANCC Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board certification exam is required prior to practicing.
Indeed.com cites the average salary for a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at $146,435.
A WHNP works specifically with women to help diagnose and access as well as treat their healthcare needs throughout their life. This can include preventative screenings, contraceptive care, fertility evaluation, pregnancy testing, as well as menopausal care. There is a WHNP exam given through the National Certification Corporation (NCC).
According to Glassdoor.com, the average national salary for this role is $129,818.
Clearly, there are many options being a nurse practitioner—and if you would believe it, these are just a few out of others. Take some time and explore your own interests as it relates to your career in healthcare and find the path that’s right for you!