What personal skills or qualities are needed to become a Nurse Practitioner?
A Nurse Practitioner is one who is engaged in
Nurse Practioners are Registered Nurses who have extended their education and training to include deeper involvement in examinations, diagnoses and treatments of patients who do not necessarily require a Doctor's level of expertise.
Nurse Practitioners might prescribe follow-up therapies, such as physical therapy, and might also order follow-up tests, such as X-rays, lab tests, EKG's, and the like.
As such, Nurse Practitioners must undergo more schooling and training than the other Nurse career categories. Nurse Practitioner studies and requirements might include:
- Registered Nurse prerequisite
- Master's Degree required in most states
- In-depth programs within chosen specialties
- State Certification or License
- Other related areas of study
Nurse Practitioners should be detail-oriented, well organized, methodical, and logical, since the duties of Nurse Practitioners require keen focus on individual patient needs. Mistakes can be costly, in many ways.
Nurse Practitioners should also be personable, friendly, positive, and otherwise approachable, since patient interaction is frequent and sometimes personal patient anxieties need to be addressed, as well as patient's physical conditon.