No one wants to work in a boring career that provides no personal fulfillment. Working as a nurse practitioner is anything but lackluster, and you should expect to thoroughly enjoy a career as an nurse practitioner (NP). According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, a national survey was conducted in 2012 that found 92% of NPs to be satisfied with their careers, and some of them were very satisfied.
Room for Advancement
The responsibilities of nurse practitioners greatly exceed those of an RN. NPs are qualified to examine and diagnose patients as well as prescribe medication. If, after working as an NP, you decide you want to become an MD, then medical school will be within easy reach. If you don’t wish to return to school to become an MD, there is still room for advancement as an NP. You can enjoy increasing amounts of responsibility and autonomy, which is what many NPs desire.
Nurse practitioners even have the option of opening their own private practice, which can significantly increase salary, personal satisfaction and status in the community.
High Salary Potential
Most nurse practitioners make a very good living. The median salary for nurse practitioners in 2012 was $89,960, according to U.S. News. In Vermont, the average salary was around the same, making this a very high-paying job no matter where you live.
There aren’t many professions that offer as much flexibility as a career working as an NP. Depending on your needs, you will have the freedom to work full-time or part-time. In hospitals, even part-time employees usually qualify for health insurance and other benefits.
Choose Your Own Specialty
Not all nurse practitioners desire to work with a general population of patients. That’s one thing that is so great about becoming an NP: you can choose your own specialty. If you prefer working with children, then you can easily become a pediatric NP. The same goes for many other specialties that you can choose from.
So, if you’re ready to embark on the most exciting adventure of a lifetime, then pursuing a career as an NP is a definite must. Not only can choosing this career path enable you to earn a high salary, but you will have immense job satisfaction, which many people agree is priceless.