Nurse PractitionerJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

Nurse practitioners are advanced registered nurses who provide care similar to that of RNs but with additional responsibilities. Most states allow them to diagnose patients, order tests, and prescribe medication. Nurse practitioners, sometimes called APRNs, might work independently, collaboratively with physicians, or both. They frequently specialize, such as providing care for children or women who are pregnant.

Sample job description #1

Job overview

The Licensed Medical Professional (LMP) provides consultation support services on the medical, epidemiologic, and prevention aspects of infectious diseases.

Responsibilities and duties

  • Provide consultation support services by conducting port of entry screening procedures (temp check and other evaluations) that mitigate public health risk from travelers entering the United States. This service will include assessing travelers’ disease exposure risk by using Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – developed guidance for establishing risk. They will perform these evaluations in an area (quarantine isolation room) located in the Federal Inspection Service (FIS) area
  • The Medical professional will consult with CDC senior physicians in (City) during assessment
  • Passengers suspected of being infected with an infectious disease (e.g., COVID-19) may be transported to a local hospital for further evaluation and diagnosis
  • The medical contractor may be responsible for following up with the hospital for a final diagnosis. They may also be responsible for generating electronic and written records related to the public health risk assessment during the entry screening process
  • The medical contractor may board aircrafts with Customs and Border Protection Officers (the customs officer being there to ensure compliance from passengers and crew) to conduct passenger assessment
  • REQUIREMENTS:
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Public Health Education, Health Communications, Infectious Disease, Nursing, or Community Health
  • Minimum 1 years of experience
  • Experience in infection prevention
  • NCCPA or NP license (preferred in the state of Airport location)
  • Licensed medical professionals shall have a current and active medical license to practice in a state or territory of the United States. It is preferable that the license be for the state where the airport is located. Licensed medical professionals must also be able to work while wearing personal protective equipment such as an N-95 respirator. Further, it is expected that licensed medical professionals (nurses or PA/NP) shall be able to respond/report on-site within 45 minutes of the initial request for task orders that require after hours/emergency support
  • Record of no restricted medical license in ANY state
  • Ability to work independently
  • Proficient in operation of office equipment such as computers, phones, etc.
  • Successful passing of background check to obtain proper security badging
  • Ability to pass respirator fit test
  • Willingness to interact with individuals who may be suspected of being infected with an infectious disease
  • Ability to work onsite (not a telework position)

Physical requirements

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to walk long distances at times between terminals
  • Ability to wear full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs (occasionally heavier)

Preferred

  • Previous experience working with the CDC or Federal Government in a Public Health environment

Sample job description #2

Job summary

The Nurse Practitioner will provide healthcare services under the direction of a physician. The Nurse Practitioner will plan, direct, and evaluate resident/patient care in an in-patient Post Acute Long Term Care setting; examine and treat chronic and acute episodic illnesses, minor injuries, accidents, and other injuries/illnesses; perform selected laboratory testing; use of clinically appropriate referrals to physicians, write prescriptions, diagnose and treat medical conditions within the scope of license expertise, protocols, and available equipment. The Nurse Practitioner will also work with the medical director in the care and treatment of residents/patients.

Job duties/responsibilities

  • Meets with new resident/patient to perform initial stabilizing visit/exam and medically manages patients with the attending physician
  • Orders when medically necessary, laboratory testing, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic and acute episodic illnesses and minor injuries. Writes prescriptions within the scope of license, expertise, protocols, and available equipment. Schedules follow-up visits for self and the attending physician as needed
  • Performs clinical examinations
  • Acts as a resource person for decisions, planning, and policies affecting the health of resident/patient
  • Maintains inpatient records. Compiles reports as needed for evaluations, etc.
  • Collaborates with staff to identify resident/patient needs and to help develop plan to meet these needs
  • Follows resident/patient in the skilled nursing facility as needed for continuity of care
  • Provides general health education regarding matters such as proper diet, emotional problems of daily living, and health maintenance
  • Assists physician with emergency treatments and more complex procedures
  • Serves as a member of committees dealing with health care (Antibiotic Stewardship, etc.)

Required skills and abilities

  • Demonstrated competency dealing with adults, and geriatric patients
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to prioritize tasks
  • Ability to work with the interdisciplinary team

Education and experience

  • Successful completion of an approved nurse practitioner program with appropriate certification
  • Current approval by the appropriate Board of Licensing
  • Must be currently licensed (preferred), or eligible to obtain an unrestricted license as a nurse practitioner in the state

Physical requirements

  • Able to lift 35 pounds for routine performance of essential functions
  • May be exposed to adverse indoor and outdoor environmental conditions, bloodborne pathogens, physical hazards (e.g., needle pricks, etc.), and chemical hazards
  • Be able to perform prolong sitting, standing, and walking greater than 15 minutes at a time

Sample job description #3

This is a PRN position and would require a minimum of 4 days per month to also include weekend availability and are typically 12 hr shifts.

Position highlights

  • Provide patients with an array of primary care services
  • Opportunity to work in an integrated, multi-specialty setting

Role responsibilities

  • Provide a high level of patient care while accomplishing physician-directed medical goals. In collaboration with supervising physician, provide evidence-based medical care by recommending and prescribing medications, and other treatments
  • Diagnose, plan, and implement interventions, and evaluate patient response to therapy under direction of supervising physician
  • Represent the company in healthcare quality and patient engagement by delivering customer service through all patient interactions
  • Assist administration and clinical staff with best practices and procedures

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree OR Doctoral degree in Nursing and one (1) or more years of Nurse Practitioner (NP) experience
  • Evidence of training in a Family Practice setting
  • Valid Registered Nurse (RN) license
  • Valid advanced state practice license (APRN/ANP/CNP/PNP) as required by state

Minimum qualifications

  • Outlined below are the required minimum qualifications for this position. If none are listed, there are no minimum qualifications
  • Master’s degree OR doctoral degree in Nursing and 1 year’s Nurse Practitioner (NP) experience in family practice
  • Valid Registered Nurse (RN) license and/or valid advanced state practice license (APRN/ANP/CNP/ PNP) as required by state

Preferred qualifications

  • Outlined below are the optional preferred qualifications for this position. If none are listed, there are no preferred qualifications
  • Valid accreditation from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) OR adult nurse practitioner (ANP) and pediatric nurse practitioner (PPCNP-BC), Valid advanced state practice license, or Certified Nurse Practitioner

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a nurse practitioner is $114,200 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$113,550$153,650
Los Angeles, California$128,150$173,350
Denver, Colorado$106,800$144,450
Washington, DC$130,050$176,000
Miami, Florida$106,300$143,800
Orlando, Florida$98,050$132,650
Tampa, Florida$99,000$133,950
Atlanta, Georgia$103,850$140,500
Chicago, Illinois$119,400$161,550
Boston, Massachusetts$129,100$174,650
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$102,900$139,200
New York City, New York$135,900$183,850
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$110,650$149,700
Dallas, Texas$107,750$145,800
Houston, Texas$106,800$144,450
Seattle, Washington$124,250$168,100
National Average$97,050$131,350

Sample interview questions

  • What would you say is most challenging about being a nurse practitioner?
  • How much previous experience do you have in the field of being a nurse practitioner?
  • How would you resolve the issue of a patient requesting unnecessary medication or antibiotics?
  • How would you say the ideal nurse practitioner should treat their patients?
  • If you witness unethical or illegal behavior in the workplace, how will you respond?
  • Do you have any relevant certifications for this position?

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