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NURSE PRACTITIONER, IN-DEPTH: You Have A Lot Of Freedom

About this video 

Jennifer, a Nurse Practitioner in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a children's hospital, describes what she loves most about her job, its challenges, and how hard it is to get a job in her field. It's a fantastic and quickly growing field; there are many areas of medicine in which to work as a Nurse Practitioner.

Job Title: Nurse Practitioner

Job Summary: Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Job Description

Licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses (known as LPNs or LVNs, depending on the state in which they work) provide basic nursing care. They work under the direction of registered nurses and doctors.

On-the-Job Training

None

Certification Requirement
Required by the National Council Licensure Examination

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$30,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Military, Physically demanding, Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Empathy, Patience, People skills, Strength/stamina, Verbal communication skills, Likes working with hands
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m='9460'>and</span> <span m='10010'>for the</span> <span m='10420'>really</span> <span m='11250'>important</span> <span m='11750'>kiddos</span> <span m='12130'>that</span> <span m='12230'>are</span> <span m='12310'>doing</span> <span m='12520'>really</span> <span m='12750'>well</span> <span m='13140'>and</span> <span m='13300'>getting</span> <span m='13530'>out</span> <span m='13640'>of</span> <span m='13690'>the</span> <span m='13750'>hospital,</span> <span m='14300'>it's</span> <span m='14430'>exciting</span> <span m='14910'>to</span> <span m='15030'>see</span> <span m='15240'>those</span> <span m='15520'>things.</span> <span m='16400'>We</span> <span m='16730'>do</span> <span m='16860'>work</span> <span m='17060'>with</span> <span m='17230'>sick</span> <span m='17370'>kids,</span> <span m='17700'>so</span> <span m='18650'>the</span> <span m='18750'>hardest</span> <span m='19090'>part</span> <span m='19290'>probably</span> <span m='19580'>is</span> <span m='19800'>talking</span> <span m='20100'>to</span> <span m='20200'>the</span> <span m='20300'>families</span> <span m='20830'>when</span> <span m='21450'>times</span> <span m='21780'>are</span> <span m='21860'>not</span> <span m='22130'>good,</span> <span m='22840'>and</span> <span m='23220'>the</span> <span m='23310'>children</span> <span m='23620'>are</span> <span m='23690'>very</span> <span m='23980'>ill,</span> <span m='24250'>and</span> <span m='24360'>may</span> <span m='24470'>not</span> <span m='24670'>make</span> <span m='24850'>it</span> <span m='24930'>out</span> <span m='25070'>of</span> <span m='25130'>the</span> <span m='25190'>hospital.</span> </p><p><span m='25750'>I'd</span> <span m='25940'>say</span> <span m='26090'>that's</span> <span m='26340'>the</span> <span m='26400'>hardest</span> <span m='26730'>part</span> <span m='26880'>of</span> <span m='26920'>my</span> <span m='27040'>job.</span> <span m='27790'>But</span> <span m='27980'>overall,</span> <span m='28620'>we</span> <span m='28880'>just,</span> <span m='29530'>myself</span> <span m='30120'>and</span> <span m='30230'>the</span> <span m='30540'>group</span> <span m='30770'>of</span> <span m='30870'>nurse</span> <span m='31050'>practitioners</span> <span m='31620'>and</span> <span m='31710'>physicians'</span> <span m='33000'>assistants</span> <span m='33540'>I</span> <span m='33580'>work</span> <span m='33860'>with,</span> <span m='34850'>we</span> <span m='35070'>all</span> <span m='35850'>really</span> <span m='36100'>love</span> <span m='36280'>what</span> <span m='36410'>we</span> <span m='36520'>do.</span> <span m='36780'>We're</span> <span m='36900'>very</span> <span m='37180'>autonomous,</span> <span m='37890'>we</span> <span m='38110'>get</span> <span m='38260'>a</span> <span m='38330'>lot</span> <span m='38530'>of</span> <span m='39530'>ability</span> <span m='40070'>to</span> <span m='40200'>do</span> <span m='40440'>what</span> <span m='40640'>we</span> <span m='40770'>want</span> <span m='41090'>independently,</span> <span m='42120'>without</span> <span m='42520'>having</span> <span m='43700'>a</span> <span m='43770'>certain</span> <span m='44010'>amount</span> <span m='44200'>of</span> <span m='44260'>supervision.</span> <span m='44960'>And</span> <span m='45070'>that</span> <span m='45240'>makes</span> <span m='45490'>you</span> <span m='46250'>and</span> <span m='46500'>all</span> <span m='46620'>your</span> <span m='46790'>education</span> <span m='47310'>worthwhile.</span> </p><p><span m='48580'>Is</span> <span m='48680'>it</span> <span m='48790'>difficult</span> <span m='49250'>to</span> <span m='49360'>get</span> <span m='49550'>into</span> <span m='49910'>my</span> <span m='50100'>field</span> <span m='50630'>in</span> <span m='50980'>the</span> <span m='51040'>health</span> <span m='51230'>care</span> <span m='51400'>industry?</span> <span m='52220'>You</span> <span m='52450'>do</span> <span m='52770'>as</span> <span m='52970'>a</span> <span m='53030'>nurse</span> <span m='53200'>practitioner</span> <span m='53680'>have</span> <span m='53880'>to</span> <span m='53980'>go</span> <span m='54180'>through</span> <span m='54430'>your</span> <span m='55240'>bachelor's</span> <span m='55850'>of</span> <span m='55920'>science</span> <span m='56440'>of</span> <span m='56550'>nursing</span> <span m='56960'>first,</span> <span m='57400'>before</span> <span m='57670'>you</span> <span m='57790'>can</span> <span m='57930'>apply</span> <span m='58200'>for</span> <span m='58350'>your</span> <span m='58450'>master's</span> <span m='58810'>program.</span> <span m='59700'>Currently</span> <span m='60330'>it's</span> <span m='60520'>transitioning</span> <span m='61200'>from</span> <span m='61510'>a</span> <span m='61660'>master's</span> <span m='62110'>program</span> <span m='62530'>into</span> <span m='62790'>a</span> <span m='62880'>doctorate</span> <span m='63540'>program,</span> <span m='64870'>so</span> <span m='65260'>that</span> <span m='65600'>would</span> <span m='65900'>make</span> <span m='66090'>it</span> <span m='66190'>a</span> <span m='66240'>little</span> <span m='66650'>probably</span> <span m='66790'>harder</span> <span m='67130'>to</span> <span m='67200'>get</span> <span m='67410'>into</span> <span m='67890'>a</span> <span m='67950'>school</span> <span m='68510'>right</span> <span m='68730'>now,</span> <span m='68950'>just</span> <span m='69140'>because</span> <span m='69390'>you</span> <span m='69580'>have</span> <span m='69780'>to</span> <span m='69860'>have</span> <span m='70010'>more</span> <span m='70240'>courses</span> <span m='70840'>before</span> <span m='71160'>I</span> <span m='71250'>did.</span> </p><p><span m='72790'>There's</span> <span m='73430'>various</span> <span m='74030'>types</span> <span m='74350'>of</span> <span m='74440'>nurse</span> <span m='74630'>practitioners.</span> <span m='75430'>There's</span> <span m='75790'>pediatric,</span> <span m='76400'>which</span> <span m='76570'>I</span> <span m='76690'>do,</span> <span m='77420'>there's</span> <span m='77600'>pediatric</span> <span m='78100'>acute</span> <span m='78480'>care,</span> <span m='78850'>which</span> <span m='79080'>is</span> <span m='79210'>an</span> <span m='79370'>ICU</span> <span m='79900'>setting.</span> <span m='81060'>There's</span> <span m='81850'>gerontological</span> <span m='82730'>for</span> <span m='82910'>older</span> <span m='83240'>patients,</span> <span m='84090'>there's</span> <span m='84340'>neonatal</span> <span m='84940'>for</span> <span m='85080'>the</span> <span m='85200'>newborn</span> <span m='85580'>patients.</span> <span m='86420'>There's</span> <span m='86570'>psychological,</span> <span m='87420'>psychiatric</span> <span m='88090'>nurse</span> <span m='88280'>practitioners.</span> <span m='88655'>There's</span> <span m='89030'>forensic</span> <span m='89490'>nurse</span> <span m='89950'>practitioners.</span> <span m='91140'>And</span> <span m='91290'>then</span> <span m='91430'>there's</span> <span m='91650'>like</span> <span m='91830'>family,</span> <span m='92610'>general</span> <span m='92990'>medicine</span> <span m='93490'>nurse</span> <span m='93620'>practitioners.</span> </p><p><span m='94710'>I'm</span> <span m='94840'>sure</span> <span m='95050'>I'm</span> <span m='95140'>leaving--</span> <span m='95510'>oh,</span> <span m='95640'>women's</span> <span m='95990'>health</span> <span m='96220'>nurse</span> <span m='96410'>practitioners</span> <span m='97210'>to</span> <span m='97410'>help</span> <span m='97650'>with</span> <span m='97840'>labor</span> <span m='98090'>and</span> <span m='98180'>delivery</span> <span m='98630'>of</span> <span m='98690'>babies.</span> <span m='99510'>And</span> <span m='99730'>moms.</span> <span m='100280'>I'm</span> <span m='100400'>sure</span> <span m='100620'>there's</span> <span m='100990'>other</span> <span m='101250'>nurse</span> <span m='101450'>practitioners</span> <span m='102150'>I'm</span> <span m='102290'>not</span> <span m='102450'>aware</span> <span m='102770'>of,</span> <span m='103350'>but</span> <span m='104030'>if</span> <span m='104440'>it's</span> <span m='104700'>something</span> <span m='104990'>you're</span> <span m='105120'>interested</span> <span m='105530'>in,</span> <span m='106140'>even</span> <span m='106340'>as</span> <span m='106470'>a</span> <span m='106540'>nurse,</span> <span m='106980'>which</span> <span m='107160'>I</span> <span m='107230'>was</span> <span m='107480'>before</span> <span m='107730'>I</span> <span m='107770'>became</span> <span m='108050'>a</span> <span m='108100'>nurse</span> <span m='108300'>practitioner,</span> <span m='109220'>there's</span> <span m='109330'>so</span> <span m='109810'>many</span> <span m='110140'>fields</span> <span m='110690'>of</span> <span m='110790'>nursing.</span> <span m='111310'>If</span> <span m='111420'>there</span> <span m='111610'>is</span> <span m='111700'>something</span> <span m='112080'>that</span> <span m='112220'>you</span> <span m='112460'>feel</span> <span m='112650'>like</span> <span m='112800'>you're</span> <span m='112890'>kind</span> <span m='113060'>of</span> <span m='113140'>stuck</span> <span m='113460'>in,</span> <span m='113960'>there's</span> <span m='114190'>tons</span> <span m='114500'>of</span> <span m='114610'>opportunity</span> <span m='115280'>to</span> <span m='115660'>advance</span> <span m='116200'>and</span> <span m='116330'>go</span> <span m='116520'>to</span> <span m='116700'>a</span> <span m='116750'>different</span> <span m='117120'>field.</span> </p>","file":{"id":340427,"video_id":"3083687434001","name":"1782-Jennifer-NursePractitioner2","duration":118794,"thumbnail_url":null}});