Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are advanced practice nurses that are registered and considered as mid-level practitioners. In 20 states NPs have full practice authority, which means that they don’t have to be supervised by a doctor. In the other states, NPs would still have more authority in comparison to RNs, however, they would need to have a medical doctor sign in some cases of patient care decisions. In this post, we will look at the types of nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner specialties.
To practice as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), you must first complete a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and pass the PMHNP exam. Upon completion, you’ll be able to claim the PMHNP-BC credential which allows nurse practitioners to practice autonomously in 27 states. If you’re here, …
Highly-educated nurses are increasingly depended on for primary care due to physician shortages. And, when it comes to the medical field, the number of programs nurses can take to further their education is countless.
But, with so many programs out there, how is one to choose the path that’s right for them? Looking at factors such as work experience, passions, available time for studying, and financial goals is a good first step. Check out this infographic below, which compares two nursing programs: nurse practitioner and doctor of nursing practice.