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NURSE PRACTITIONER: With The New Healthcare System, It's A Growing Field

About this video 

Diane is a Nurse Practitioner who works for a Cardiologist, seeing patients with the doctor and also independently to perform evaluations and follow-up visits. She advises: if you're interested in nursing, find a mentor. There are many areas in which to specialize, so explore your options.

Degree: Science - Nursing
Job Title: Nurse Practitioner/Director of Education & Research

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
National Statistic Change Location
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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='10690'>I</span> <span m='10920'>see</span> <span m='11130'>patients</span> <span m='11680'>with</span> <span m='11840'>him</span> <span m='12130'>in</span> <span m='12330'>the</span> <span m='12400'>morning.</span> <span m='12900'>I</span> <span m='13100'>also</span> <span m='13330'>see</span> <span m='13530'>patients</span> <span m='14080'>independently</span> <span m='15010'>and</span> <span m='15380'>do</span> <span m='16390'>tests</span> <span m='16930'>on</span> <span m='17130'>their</span> <span m='17310'>heart</span> <span m='17890'>to</span> <span m='18010'>make</span> <span m='18200'>sure</span> <span m='18370'>that</span> <span m='18570'>their</span> <span m='18690'>blood</span> <span m='18980'>flow</span> <span m='20060'>is</span> <span m='20230'>good,</span> <span m='20370'>and</span> <span m='20460'>there</span> <span m='20610'>aren't</span> <span m='20830'>any</span> <span m='21000'>blockages</span> <span m='21670'>and</span> <span m='21850'>they're</span> <span m='22080'>not</span> <span m='23060'>at</span> <span m='23170'>risk</span> <span m='23420'>for</span> <span m='23530'>having</span> <span m='23850'>a</span> <span m='23880'>heart</span> <span m='24120'>attack.</span> </p><p><span m='25290'>I</span> <span m='25450'>take</span> <span m='25690'>care</span> <span m='25850'>of</span> <span m='25920'>patients</span> <span m='26370'>in</span> <span m='26420'>the</span> <span m='26490'>hospital,</span> <span m='27640'>make</span> <span m='27850'>sure</span> <span m='28070'>that</span> <span m='28320'>all</span> <span m='28540'>of</span> <span m='28730'>their</span> <span m='28960'>medications</span> <span m='29760'>in</span> <span m='30010'>order.</span> <span m='30840'>And I</span> <span m='30950'>do</span> <span m='31070'>all</span> <span m='31200'>of</span> <span m='31300'>their</span> <span m='31440'>discharge</span> <span m='32290'>education</span> <span m='33800'>and</span> <span m='34110'>follow</span> <span m='34310'>up.</span> <span m='34740'>And</span> <span m='34780'>make</span> <span m='34980'>sure</span> <span m='35140'>that</span> <span m='35290'>they</span> <span m='35440'>understand</span> <span m='36160'>their</span> <span m='36350'>condition</span> <span m='37090'>and</span> <span m='37460'>how</span> <span m='37670'>they</span> <span m='37780'>can</span> <span m='37960'>take</span> <span m='38140'>care</span> <span m='38350'>of</span> <span m='38420'>themselves,</span> <span m='39140'>and</span> <span m='39250'>how</span> <span m='39380'>they</span> <span m='39500'>can</span> <span m='39700'>prevent</span> <span m='40065'>any</span> <span m='40430'>further</span> <span m='40888'>complications.</span> </p><p><span m='42720'>I</span> <span m='42870'>graduated</span> <span m='43300'>from</span> <span m='43450'>high</span> <span m='43580'>school</span> <span m='43850'>in</span> <span m='43920'>1983.</span> <span m='45230'>I</span> <span m='45440'>went</span> <span m='45810'>to</span> <span m='46140'>college</span> <span m='46510'>and</span> <span m='46640'>studied</span> <span m='47030'>biology.</span> <span m='47800'>I</span> <span m='47930'>graduated</span> <span m='49110'>from</span> <span m='49400'>nursing</span> <span m='49880'>school</span> <span m='50360'>in</span> <span m='50760'>1988.</span> <span m='52730'>And</span> <span m='53090'>after</span> <span m='54340'>10</span> <span m='54940'>years</span> <span m='55390'>of</span> <span m='55490'>nursing,</span> <span m='56310'>I</span> <span m='56590'>went</span> <span m='56870'>on and</span> <span m='56950'>got</span> <span m='57120'>my</span> <span m='57460'>nurse</span> <span m='57720'>practitioner's.</span> <span m='57980'>So I</span> <span m='58070'>have</span> <span m='58240'>a</span> <span m='58290'>master's</span> <span m='58890'>degree</span> <span m='59680'>in</span> <span m='60230'>nursing</span> <span m='61170'>that I</span> <span m='61290'>got</span> <span m='61460'>in</span> <span m='61550'>the</span> <span m='61640'>year</span> <span m='61820'>2000.</span> </p><p><span m='62720'>And</span> <span m='63210'>if</span> <span m='63270'>you're</span> <span m='63420'>interested</span> <span m='63830'>in</span> <span m='63950'>going</span> <span m='64250'>into</span> <span m='64489'>nursing--</span> <span m='64920'>and</span> <span m='65140'>it</span> <span m='65260'>is</span> <span m='65420'>a</span> <span m='67260'>growing</span> <span m='67710'>field</span> <span m='68370'>with</span> <span m='68740'>our</span> <span m='68830'>new</span> <span m='69000'>health</span> <span m='69300'>care</span> <span m='69510'>system</span> <span m='69940'>that</span> <span m='70070'>is</span> <span m='70240'>trying</span> <span m='70520'>to</span> <span m='70620'>be</span> <span m='70730'>implemented</span> <span m='71320'>right</span> <span m='71550'>now--</span> <span m='72330'>there's</span> <span m='72830'>going</span> <span m='72950'>to</span> <span m='73020'>be</span> <span m='73610'>numerous</span> <span m='74260'>positions</span> <span m='74820'>for</span> <span m='74930'>nurses</span> <span m='75430'>and</span> <span m='75670'>nurse</span> <span m='75910'>practitioners.</span> <span m='77165'>It's</span> <span m='77550'>best to</span> <span m='77690'>find</span> <span m='78050'>a</span> <span m='78140'>mentor,</span> <span m='79220'>someone</span> <span m='79580'>that</span> <span m='79720'>you</span> <span m='79850'>trust,</span> <span m='80450'>that</span> <span m='80750'>can</span> <span m='81050'>help</span> <span m='81340'>you</span> <span m='81470'>with</span> <span m='81640'>that.</span> <span m='82130'>There's</span> <span m='82330'>many</span> <span m='82710'>different</span> <span m='83530'>fields</span> <span m='83980'>within</span> <span m='84490'>nursing--</span> <span m='85210'>pediatrics,</span> <span m='86120'>adult,</span> <span m='88320'>taking</span> <span m='88610'>care</span> <span m='88800'>of</span> <span m='88840'>the</span> 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