Day in the Life of Nurse Practitioner (NP) Professionals
Advanced practice nurses such as NPs can choose to focus on specific populations or conditions. This section explores what to expect from various subfields of the discipline. Each piece details first-hand knowledge of the working environment, clinical and non-clinical teams, daily responsibilities, required skills and knowledge, and certifications within each specialization or subspecialization.
Forensic nurse practitioners (NPs) combine the nursing, forensic, and legal sciences to bring safety, medical treatment, and justice to their patients. Within a specialized practice setting, they apply a core forensic nursing education that informs a holistic, patient-centered, trauma-aware approach to the traditional NP role.
PNPs and pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) offer low-cost, high-quality care to children from birth to the transition to adult care. Over the last six decades, they’ve become an essential component of the healthcare workforce, providing a wide spectrum of healthcare services in primary, hospital, outpatient, and specialty care settings.
Even in non-pandemic conditions, emergency departments (EDs) in the United States receive nearly 150 million visits per year. Emergency nurse practitioners (ENPs) are a key part of the interdisciplinary care team that quickly assesses, diagnoses, and treats the patients who make those ED visits.
Women in the US are significantly more likely to die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth than in other rich, developed nations. According to data from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), maternal mortality rates in America are twice as high as they are in Canada and France, and ten times higher than they are in New Zealand and Norway. The majority of these deaths occur after childbirth and are largely preventable.
The ways in which we understand, treat, and manage pain are continuing to evolve at a rapid pace, applying increasingly nuanced and individual approaches to what was once seen as a uniform symptom. Pain management NPs are at the forefront of that evolution, helping to pioneer the biopsychosocial model of pain management and push the field forward through research into multimodal methods of treating pain.
Approximately six million patients are admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) every year. Their conditions are often complex, and the corresponding treatment environment can be intense. This is just one part of the broader world of acute care, which is based on the short-term treatment of, and/or recovery from, severe and urgent conditions.
An oncology nurse practitioner (NP) is a highly-trained, board-certified health professional who specializes in treating patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. They also consult with families, provide ongoing education, and work both independently and in close collaboration with other members of the care team. Oncology is a subspecialty that’s both highly complex and continually evolving: as our scientific understanding of cancer and its treatments changes, so does the way that oncology NPs interact with their patients.
The first successful kidney transplant was performed in 1954, signaling a new era in medical practice. Today, transplants of kidneys, lungs, hearts, livers, and pancreata are all considered routine procedures. Alongside the development of immunosuppressant drugs and an increasing number of donors, more and more patients are able to live longer, healthier lives: between 2013 and 2019, each year set a record for the most organ transplants in the United States.
A 100 percent telecommuting NP works in a software-based virtual environment in the physical location of their choice. The only real requirement of a telecommuting NP’s physical work environment is that they have the capacity to connect to the internet and maintain patient confidentiality throughout the duration of virtual, email, phone, and/or video-based visits.