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3 Popular Career Paths for Family Nurse Practitioners

by South University
December 18, 2015

Among the thousands of family nurse practitioners practicing across the US, day-to-day work varies greatly. Many family nurse practitioners, or FNPs, work in physician's offices. Others work in hospitals or walk-in clinics or community and school healthcare facilities. Some FNPs start their own practices, while others chose to travel and work across the country.

If you’re not sure what’s right for you, here’s a close look at three of these diverse paths.

Family Nurse Practitioners in a Physician’s Offices

Family nurse practitioners in a physician's office typically work regular, set hours, which can provide a nice work-life balance. Because it is less hectic than a hospital or walk-in clinic, working in a private office can give you more time to focus on treating and educating each patient. You’re likely to get repeat patients, helping you to build close, trusting relationships. Here, you can expect both healthy patients and routine problems or concerns, but you’re unlikely to encounter a great diversity or severity of healthcare needs.

Because you’ll probably be part of a small staff, your relationship with your colleagues can play a big part in how much you enjoy your work. However, you should have relatively easy access to a physician when you need additional support or a consultation.

Practices Owned by Family Nurse Practitioners

Opening a practice on your own or jointly with another family nurse practitioner can be rewarding and offer increased autonomy, but it’s not without challenges and is best for someone with experience under their belt. Because the laws around operating a practice as an FNP vary by state, you’ll want to start by researching your state laws to see what’s possible.

To open a practice, you’ll need business acumen as well as financial know-how and resources. Alternatively, you could partner or get advice from someone more familiar with running a business. You’ll also need to look into third-party reimbursement rates for FNPs and requirements around collaborative agreements with physicians, hospital privileges, and malpractice insurance.

On the upside of owning your own practice, you can make it a priority to build relationships with your patients and provide a quality of education and care you’re proud of. You’ll also set your own schedule, and, while being in charge of staffing isn’t easy, you’ll have full control over who your colleagues are. If you focus on a medically underserved population, starting your own practice can be particularly fruitful.

Traveling Family Nurse Practitioners

For those looking for adventure, a traveling family nurse practitioner career could be a great fit. These FNPs travel from city to city, filling temporary open FNP positions, staying in some roles for a few weeks and others for a year or more. This can be a fantastic opportunity to find out what positions and settings might be the right long-term fit for you. In addition to your compensation, most employers will cover your expenses for housing, travel, and insurance, and may help with making sure you have the right credentials to work in the state you’re considering.

Of course, for this job, you must be incredibly flexible and enjoy change—because from your patients to your colleagues to your home residence, change will be a constant part of your life. Each position will vary slightly, with different expectations and patient care needs. It’s possible that the experience could be isolating if you don’t make friends quickly, but, alternatively, you could end up with friends in every state!

Want to know more about becoming a family nurse practitioner and their career options? Explore our nurse practitioner articles on the blog, or contact us to talk about our graduate degree programs that can prepare you for a career in this field.

Sources for this article include The Pros of Being a Nurse in a Doctor's Office, Establishing an Independent Nurse Practitioner Practice, and Day in the Life of a Travel Nurse Practitioner.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: South University, 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31406-4805 © 2015 South University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@southuniversity.edu.

See suprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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3 Ways Your Peers Can Support You While You’re in Nursing School

by South University
December 15, 2015

Going back to school for a nursing degree is a big commitment, especially for those who already have jobs or families or just a busy schedule in general—which applies to almost every adult today. The personal and professional rewards of earning your degree can be vast, but, in the meantime, earning that nursing degree will take time, energy and hard work. So, how do you stay focused on the big picture? One thing our students say often helps them is developing a support system that includes a fellow student—a student sidekick, a partner in your education.

1. To Be A Watchful Eye

Having a peer and classmate who you know will hold you accountable is incredibly valuable. Once you know each other's goals, whenever things get hard, you can remind each other of your ambitions, of why you’re in school and of what you’re trying to achieve. Your student sidekick will have expectations for you to succeed, and when you don’t attend or participate in class, turn in your work or study for an assessment, they can call you or check in on you to see what’s going on and how they can help. Of course, when one of you is doing well, you can celebrate your accomplishments together as well—it’s no fun to only point out the negatives!

2. To Offer a Sympathetic Ear

Every now and then, you’re going to feel overwhelmed, and you might just want to vent. That’s perfectly normal. Who better to listen to you and give you the emotional support you need than someone who is experiencing something very similar? Your student sidekick will understand how hard you’re working and what’s going on in your classes, because they’ll be there too! More importantly, they’ll know you can get through this and encourage you to do just that.

3. To Lend a Helping Hand

As you work through your courses, you are bound to have questions and need a little help now and then. Your instructors and university support staff are great resources, but it’s nice to have a peer to ask for help too. Sometimes, reaching out to a friend for a quick question can be less intimidating, and they might be able to walk you through a concept you don’t understand in a new way. Also, since you trust them, you can ask your student sidekick for advice on specific professors, classes, scheduling, study tips, time management—you name it!

Do you already have a student sidekick at South University? Email _SUMarketing@southuniversity.edu to tell us all about it and how you’ve helped each other so far!

You can also find tips on getting to know your peers in this blog post or get advice from our faculty on how to succeed in your nursing career or degree program in an article from earlier this year.

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Career Pathways for Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners

by South University
December 8, 2015

Considering a career as an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)? If so, there are many places you could find yourself practicing--including your own private practice in certain states. You might work in a specialty clinic, a physician's private practice, a long-term care facility, or perhaps even in the homes of your patients. Let’s look at three of these options for AGPCNPs now.

Home Healthcare

Some Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners own or work in a practice in which they treat patients who have difficulty leaving their homes. This work can allow for flexibility and variety in your schedule, as every day you’ll be travelling to different locations. Your patients may include elderly, as well as those with chronic conditions or who are recuperating from surgery or a serious illness.

This role will allow you to treat patients in an environment where they’re more relaxed, social, and receptive to receiving care. You may also meet your patient's family and other caregivers as well as gain a clearer picture of their daily life, including social interactions and living conditions. This can help you in developing a treatment plan and giving your patient relevant educational counseling and guidance.

Your day will include a set number of visits as well as occasional unscheduled urgent visits. Nurse practitioners in home health are usually compensated per patient visit plus mileage. If you run your own practice, in addition to examining, diagnosing, treating, educating, and following up with patients, you’ll be in charge of scheduling, billing, and other administrative duties, unless you hire someone to assist with such duties.

Walk-in and Community Healthcare Clinics

Depending on the size and type of clinic, your experience as an AGPCNP could vary greatly. In small community and nurse-managed clinics, you may have set hours and see repeat patients on a regular basis for healthcare planning and treatment.

At walk-in clinics, however, your hours may be longer or more varied. While you might see patients with more diversity in healthcare needs, the increase in patient load coupled with fewer repeat patients could make it challenging to give each patient the attention or education you wish to provide. However, clinics that are part of large chains may offer opportunities for advancement, better benefits and even allow for relocation if that becomes needed.

At many clinics, you’ll be working alongside other nurse practitioners and collaborating with healthcare providers outside the clinic as needed.

Long-term Care Facilities

As an AGPCNP, you may have the opportunity to work as a nurse practitioner in a long-term care facility, such as an assisted living community or a nursing home.

In this role, you’ll primarily work with the elderly or those with debilitating chronic conditions, providing treatment, preventive care and education. Overall, you’ll likely spend less time on diagnosing problems than on managing, prescribing and adjusting care and treatment, and many of your patients will have multiple conditions you’ll need to consider. While providing long-term care for patients in need can be very rewarding, you should be prepared to work with patients near the end of their lives as well as the families of these patients--something that can take an emotional toll over time.

In some cases, you may be associated with one particular facility and have a set schedule, while in other instances you may travel between various facilities to care for more patients.

Want to know more about becoming a nurse practitioner and your career options? Explore our nurse practitioner articles on the blog, or contact us to talk about our graduate degree programs that can prepare you for a career in this field.

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Sources: Day in the Life of a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner | | A day in the life of a home care nurse practitioner | More nurse practitioners visit home care patients | 3 Reasons You Should Become a Home Health NP | Why walk-in health care is a fast-growing profit center for retail chains

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: South University, 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31406-4805 © 2015 South University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@southuniversity.edu.

See suprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Career Outlook: Employment Growth and Salaries for Nurse Practitioners

by South University
December 3, 2015

Considering earning a master’s degree in nursing and pursuing a career as a nurse practitioner? Not only is becoming a nurse practitioner an opportunity to learn new skills and increase your quality of patient care, but when it comes to salary and employment growth, the outlook for nurse practitioners is promising!

Employment Growth for Nurse Practitioners

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2012 to 2022, this occupation will grow across the country at a rate of 34%--a rate that’s more than 3 times the average 11% growth expected across all occupations.

Demand for nurse practitioners is expected to be particularly high in inner cities and rural areas, which are frequently found to be medically undeserved by physicians. Growth for the nurse practitioner career is anticipated to be driven by two factors that are also increasing demand for healthcare services. First, as the number of people with health insurance increases due to recent legislation, these newly insured individuals will look for primary care providers--a role that many nurse practitioners can fill. Second, as the large baby-boomer population continues to age, this group will also require increased care for chronic and acute conditions.

As of 2014, the BLS estimates that 122,000 nurse practitioners are working in the United States, with Maine, Mississippi, Connecticut, Tennessee and Massachusetts having the highest concentration of nurse practitioners in their state’s population.

Nurse Practitioner Salaries

In May 2014, the BLS reported the median annual wage for nurse practitioners to be $95,350. On top of that, the BLS notes that many positions also offer flexible hours and benefits--occasionally including tuition assistance.

Not picky about where you live? Maybe you’re looking for adventure? In 2014, Hawaii, Alaska and California reported the highest mean nurse practitioner salaries at over $115,000, followed closely by California, Oregon and Massachusetts.

Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island also had annual mean salaries for nurse practitioners of over $100,530. Nurse practitioner salaries may also vary based on your specialization or the area of the healthcare industry in which you work.

Get Started on Your Career as a Nurse Practitioner

Interested in a career as a nurse practitioner? South University offers a variety of master’s degree and certificate programs with nurse practitioner specializations, including RN to MSN programs which don’t require a BSN for admission. Explore our Nursing programs today!

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South University does not guarantee employment of any particular level of compensation following graduation.

South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: South University, 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31406-4805 © 2015 South University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@southuniversity.edu.

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The Role of Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners

by South University
November 30, 2015

As you may already know, nurse practitioners serve as important primary medical care providers for many patients across the United States. Among the various specialties nurse practitioners may have, adult gerontology primary care is one that could increase in importance as the average age of the US population continues to rise. Today, we look at the care and services adult gerontology primary care nurse practitioners offer patients.

Responsibilities

An Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) is a type of a nurse practitioner who specializes in caring for patients from adolescence to adulthood to old age. AGPCNPs provide acute, chronic and preventive healthcare services, coordinating with specialty physicians and other healthcare providers as needed.

On top of diagnosing, examining and treating their patients, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners typically offer routine checkups, assessments, immunizations, and one-on-one health counseling and education. In fact, providing education is a large part of their day and these nurse practitioners work closely with their patients to develop and implement healthy lifestyle and disease prevention plans, often involving things like diet, exercise and physical therapy in addition to any prescribed medications. AGPCNPs will also work with a patient's family to make sure family members are as involved and informed as needed to support the patient.

Places of Practice

Although state laws vary regarding scope of practice for nurse practitioners, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners in many states may have their own private practice in which they see patients in an office or provide home care or do both. AGPCNP may also work in a range of organizations including:

  • Long-term care and assisted living facilities
  • Healthcare clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Correctional centers and other settings with primary care services

Education

All Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners have achieved licensure and credentialing beyond what is required to work as a registered nurse (RN). To practice, every nurse practitioner must complete a master’s degree program, with many earning additional post graduate certificates and even doctoral degrees. Over the course of their career, nurse practitioners continue to grow and maintain their knowledge of healthcare by completing regular continuing education courses and workshops.

Learn more about Nurse Practitioner Careers

To learn about nurse practitioner programs, careers and opportunities, read more articles about nurse practitioners on our blog or explore our Nursing programs, including those designed to prepare students for careers as Nurse Practitioners.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: South University, 709 Mall Boulevard, Savannah, GA 31406-4805 © 2015 South University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@southuniversity.edu.

See suprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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