Nurse practitioners treat a variety of specific mental and/or physical conditions and use their education and specialized training to determine their patient’s problem so that they can develop a proper treatment plan to meet their patient’s needs.
They also review documents containing their patients medical history, perform x-rays, prescribe and administer medications, research medical journals and medical procedures that are aligned with their practice, perform physical exams and patient screenings and prescribe physical and/or psychological therapy to patients that are in need of specialized rehabilitation among other medical tasks.
In addition to providing patients with medical care NP’s will also educate their patients about the medical condition they face and provide them with ways to best care for their particular condition.
Nurse practitioners may also participate in advocacy groups aimed improving the health care system through medical research, employee work/life balance and better patient care practices.
In terms of salary the amount of money a nurse practitioner is able to bring home varies due to a number of different considerations such as the health care facility they work with, the state they work in, the amount of overtime they have acquired throughout the year, any bonuses, compensations and incentives they received and any financial negotiations that were determined between the NP and their employer.
The average income for an NP in the U.S. is estimated to be around $92, 000, however some nurse practitioners may make significantly less (around $80,000) while others may make more (around$105,000 or more) depending on some of the factors that were described above.
One of the biggest determining factors to a nurse practitioners potential salary (besides their level of education and training) has to do what state the nurse practitioner lives in.
NP’s that work in highly populated metropolitan locations such as New York, N.Y. have the potential to make around $92,500 – $123,200 per year, while NP’s who work in low populated locations such as Wyoming have a potential to make a salary of around $70,500 – $94,000 per year.
In some cases an NP’s estimated salary may not take into account any bonuses and incentives a nurse practitioner has garnered over that year of work.
It is important to keep in mind that while NP’s working in one state may end up making more than those that work in another state factors such as cost of living, taxes and other expenses may significantly decrease or nullify any financial advantages of working in a state that offers higher wages.