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.

Day in the Life of a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (NP)

April 20, 2022 – Matt Zbrog

Psychiatric-mental health NPs are trained to provide a wide range of mental health services in various settings. They assess and diagnose patients, prescribe medications, and collaborate with other medical and non-medical professionals in providing care. Throughout, they apply the holistic approach that’s characteristic of all NPs and which is particularly valuable in psychiatry and mental health.

Day in the Life of a Travel Nurse Practitioner (NP)

March 31, 2022 – Sophia Khawly, MSN

Working in locum tenens can prevent burn-out. The NP has control over their schedule and is able to avoid bureaucratic challenges at the workplace since they are only there for a limited period of time. It enables providers to have a better work-life balance.

Day in the Life of a Cardiology Nurse Practitioner (NP)

January 27, 2022 – Matt Zbrog

Cardiac nurse practitioners (NPs) specialize in the treatment of the cardiovascular system. In collaboration with physicians, nurses, and other health professionals, they provide comprehensive care to patients with acute and chronic cardiac conditions.

Day in the Life of a Hospice & Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner (NP)

November 16, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

Palliative care is a medical specialty focused on improving the quality of life for patients facing serious illnesses and the side effects of their treatment; hospice care focuses on the palliation of terminally ill patients towards the end of their life. Both are of critical importance.

Day in the Life of a Forensic Nurse Practitioner (NP)

November 2, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

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.

Day in the Life of a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (NP)

September 30, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

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.

Day in the Life of an Emergency Nurse Practitioner (NP)

September 20, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

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.

Day in the Life of a Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) or Certified Midwife (CM)

September 6, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

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.

Day in the Life of a Pain Management Nurse Practitioner (NP)

August 10, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

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.

Day in the Life of an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (NP)

May 3, 2021 – Matt Zbrog

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.