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NURSE PRACTITIONER, NEUROSURGERY: Job-Shadow Whenever You Have The Opportunity

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Amanda, a Nurse Practitioner in Neurosurgery, talks about her demanding and rewarding job helping patients in the clinic and during surgery. After receiving a bachelor's and master's in science, she realized that the growing and challenging field of Neurosurgery was the right fit for her interests and skills.

Degree: Science
Job Title: Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP)

Job Summary: Registered Nurses

Job Description

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

On-the-Job Training

Minimal. Most training comes from coursework, which usually includes work in a clinical setting.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$45,000 - $95,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Empathy, Organizational skills, Patience, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills

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m='12320'>try</span> <span m='12530'>to</span> <span m='12580'>avoid</span> <span m='12990'>surgery,</span> <span m='13200'>we'll</span> <span m='13310'>order</span> <span m='13600'>things</span> <span m='13900'>like</span> <span m='14070'>physical</span> <span m='14400'>therapy</span> <span m='15270'>or</span> <span m='15690'>injections</span> <span m='16250'>to</span> <span m='16300'>try</span> <span m='16480'>to</span> <span m='16520'>treat</span> <span m='16760'>their</span> <span m='16880'>pain.</span> <span m='17570'>And if</span> <span m='17750'>they</span> <span m='17830'>get</span> <span m='18000'>to</span> <span m='18130'>a</span> <span m='18180'>point</span> <span m='18550'>where</span> <span m='18800'>they</span> <span m='19080'>are</span> <span m='19220'>ready</span> <span m='19410'>for a</span> <span m='19720'>surgery,</span> <span m='20460'>we'll</span> <span m='21470'>set</span> <span m='21800'>them</span> <span m='22040'>up</span> <span m='22360'>to</span> <span m='22650'>meet</span> <span m='22940'>with a</span> <span m='23150'>neurosurgeon.</span> </p><p><span m='24360'>And</span> <span m='25330'>then</span> <span m='25710'>after</span> <span m='26030'>that,</span> <span m='26960'>we</span> <span m='27160'>also</span> <span m='27400'>assist</span> <span m='27710'>in</span> <span m='27930'>operating.</span> <span m='28410'>So</span> <span m='28590'>I'm</span> <span m='28720'>in clinic</span> <span m='29170'>two</span> <span m='29360'>or</span> <span m='29420'>three</span> <span m='29570'>days</span> <span m='29770'>a</span> <span m='29840'>week.</span> <span m='30290'>And</span> <span m='30450'>then</span> <span m='30760'>the</span> <span m='30840'>rest</span> <span m='31190'>of</span> <span m='31350'>my</span> <span m='31470'>week, I'm</span> <span m='31970'>assisting</span> <span m='32320'>in</span> <span m='32409'>surgery.</span> <span m='32770'>So</span> <span m='33510'>I</span> <span m='33720'>assist</span> <span m='34000'>the</span> <span m='34220'>neurosurgeon</span> <span m='34610'>in</span> <span m='34950'>decompressing</span> <span m='35950'>or</span> <span m='36540'>getting</span> <span m='36990'>to</span> <span m='37620'>help</span> <span m='37860'>relieve</span> <span m='38470'>the</span> <span m='38620'>pain</span> <span m='38840'>that</span> <span m='38960'>they're</span> <span m='39070'>experiencing.</span> <span m='39770'>And then</span> <span m='40120'>I'm</span> <span m='40450'>also</span> <span m='40810'>able</span> <span m='41080'>to</span> <span m='42500'>close</span> <span m='42810'>them</span> <span m='43010'>up</span> <span m='43180'>or</span> <span m='43310'>sew</span> <span m='43550'>their</span> <span m='44470'>skin</span> <span m='44600'>after</span> <span m='44840'>their</span> <span m='45300'>surgery</span> <span m='46230'>is</span> <span m='46390'>essentially</span> <span m='46800'>completed.</span> <span m='47600'>And</span> <span m='47710'>then</span> <span m='47790'>I'm</span> <span m='47930'>also</span> <span m='48170'>able</span> <span m='48420'>to</span> <span m='49300'>see</span> <span m='49510'>the</span> <span m='49600'>patients</span> <span m='50260'>for</span> <span m='50470'>follow-up</span> <span m='50840'>to</span> <span m='50950'>make</span> <span m='51100'>sure</span> <span m='51220'>that</span> <span m='51380'>they're</span> <span m='51900'>progressing</span> <span m='52450'>and</span> <span m='52540'>improving</span> <span m='52825'>from</span> <span m='54160'>the</span> <span m='54290'>surgery</span> <span m='54580'>that</span> <span m='54730'>we performed</span> <span m='55220'>on</span> <span m='55300'>them.</span> </p><p><span m='56000'>So</span> <span m='56360'>I</span> <span m='56550'>went</span> <span m='56740'>to</span> <span m='56820'>school</span> <span m='57060'>for</span> <span m='57640'>and</span> <span m='57810'>received</span> <span m='58090'>my</span> <span m='58220'>bachelor's</span> <span m='59200'>of</span> <span m='59320'>science</span> <span m='59670'>and</span> <span m='59820'>nursing</span> <span m='60510'>first,</span> <span m='61000'>and</span> <span m='61220'>then</span> <span m='61490'>I</span> <span m='61590'>worked</span> <span m='61880'>in</span> <span m='62150'>neurosurgery</span> <span m='62640'>and</span> <span m='62840'>a</span> <span m='62970'>neuro</span> <span m='63120'>progressive</span> <span m='63540'>care</span> <span m='63880'>unit, which</span> <span m='64000'>is</span> <span m='64080'>essentially</span> <span m='64510'>a</span> <span m='64560'>step</span> <span m='64769'>down</span> <span m='65180'>unit from</span> <span m='65290'>ICU.</span> <span m='66350'>So</span> <span m='66640'>from</span> <span m='67350'>there,</span> <span m='68000'>I gained</span> <span m='68170'>experienced</span> <span m='68860'>and</span> <span m='69350'>realized</span> <span m='69730'>I</span> <span m='69780'>wanted</span> <span m='70030'>to</span> <span m='70280'>continue</span> <span m='70790'>in</span> <span m='71100'>neurosurgery</span> <span m='71480'>because</span> <span m='73660'>it's</span> <span m='74040'>a</span> <span m='74100'>growing</span> <span m='74430'>field</span> <span m='74850'>with</span> <span m='75150'>growing</span> <span m='75450'>challenges.</span> </p><p><span m='76240'>So</span> <span m='76480'>I met</span> <span m='76890'>neurosurgeon</span> <span m='77370'>that</span> <span m='77530'>was</span> <span m='77700'>interested in</span> <span m='78110'>growing</span> <span m='78370'>his</span> <span m='78550'>practice.</span> <span m='80570'>I</span> <span m='80710'>went</span> <span m='81090'>to school</span> <span m='81160'>for my</span> <span m='81260'>master's</span> <span m='81670'>degree.</span> <span m='81980'>I</span> <span m='82020'>received</span> <span m='82330'>a</span> <span m='82380'>master's</span> <span m='82740'>in</span> <span m='82830'>science,</span> <span m='83790'>and</span> <span m='83980'>I</span> <span m='84030'>was</span> <span m='84940'>able</span> <span m='85360'>to</span> <span m='85690'>then</span> <span m='86100'>work</span> <span m='86360'>for</span> <span m='86520'>the</span> <span m='86620'>neurosurgeon</span> <span m='87270'>that</span> <span m='87430'>I</span> <span m='87550'>had</span> <span m='87720'>already</span> <span m='87950'>been</span> <span m='89570'>in</span> <span m='89950'>interaction</span> <span m='90460'>with</span> <span m='90650'>and</span> <span m='91040'>seeing his</span> <span m='91190'>patients.</span> <span m='91620'>So I</span> <span m='91650'>was</span> <span m='91790'>able</span> <span m='91970'>to</span> <span m='92040'>stay</span> <span m='92310'>where</span> <span m='92470'>I</span> <span m='92540'>was</span> <span m='93650'>at</span> <span m='94490'>and</span> <span m='94690'>then</span> <span m='95090'>just</span> <span m='95480'>joined</span> <span m='95810'>their</span> <span m='95960'>clinic.</span> <span m='96370'>So</span> <span m='96760'>I</span> <span m='96930'>have</span> <span m='97320'>both</span> <span m='97680'>clinic</span> <span m='97990'>privileges</span> <span m='98450'>and</span> <span m='98570'>hospital</span> <span m='98940'>privileges.</span> </p><p><span m='100580'>What</span> <span m='100750'>I</span> <span m='100790'>wish</span> <span m='101010'>I</span> <span m='101050'>knew</span> <span m='101450'>when</span> <span m='101780'>I</span> <span m='101820'>was</span> <span m='101930'>younger</span> <span m='102480'>is</span> <span m='103940'>the</span> <span m='104100'>ability</span> <span m='104780'>of</span> <span m='104950'>opportunities</span> <span m='105560'>to</span> <span m='106260'>shadow.</span> <span m='106720'>So</span> <span m='107050'>if</span> <span m='107230'>you</span> <span m='107560'>are</span> <span m='107720'>thinking</span> <span m='108090'>of</span> <span m='108200'>getting</span> <span m='108380'>a</span> <span m='108420'>master's</span> <span m='108810'>degree</span> <span m='109500'>in</span> <span m='109700'>nursing</span> <span m='110120'>or</span> <span m='110360'>you</span> <span m='110450'>want</span> <span m='110580'>to</span> <span m='110630'>go</span> <span m='110780'>beyond</span> <span m='111070'>your</span> <span m='111160'>bachelor's</span> <span m='111560'>degree,</span> <span m='112170'>definitely</span> <span m='112960'>shadow,</span> <span m='113560'>for</span> <span m='113690'>example,</span> <span m='114220'>anesthesia</span> <span m='114840'>or a</span> <span m='115140'>nurse</span> <span m='115260'>anesthetist</span> <span m='116290'>or</span> <span m='116545'>a</span> <span m='116800'>clinical</span> <span m='117560'>specialist</span> <span m='117950'>to</span> <span m='118040'>see</span> <span m='118310'>what</span> <span m='118680'>difference</span> <span m='119040'>scopes</span> <span m='119190'>of</span> <span m='119280'>practice</span> <span m='119710'>you</span> <span m='119770'>might</span> <span m='119920'>be</span> 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