Nurse practitioners are healthcare providers who perform a range of advanced clinical services while managing day-to-day primary and preventive medical care for patients. This may include prescribing medication, physical exams, screenings, requesting lab work or medical tests and diagnosing health conditions.
Nurse practitioners can also work within a specialty, such as geriatric, pediatric or psychiatric health. Also called advanced practice registered nurses (APRN), this category of healthcare professionals includes nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives. Nurse practitioner duties can vary by state; while some may work independently and have their own nursing practice, others may work in collaboration with other medical professionals.
To become a nurse practitioner, you must be a registered nurse (RN) with a graduate degree in nursing, active licensure, and advanced clinical training.