While the demand for Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) continues to climb, the pool of qualified candidates — highly skilled advanced practice registered nurses with the ability to diagnose and treat patients with acute and chronic illnesses, prescribe medication, assist in minor surgeries, and educate patients about health care wellness and disease prevention — is rather low.
Due to this demand, you will find that as an FNP with a doctoral degree, you are able to move through your career with a fair amount of flexibility. The need for FNP’s is consistently high in rural, suburban, and urban areas, meaning employment opportunities should be available in the location you prefer. Additionally, FNPs are needed in all health care settings, so the environment you work in is up to you as well. When you add to this the option of working full or part time as your personal life allows, with an excellent salary, you suddenly realize you have stepped into a custom-made career of your choice that allows you to help people throughout your lifetime.
As an FNP practicing the sophisticated skills the DNP degree provides, you will be tasked to deliver quality care in a variety of settings in a cost effective way. As a primary care practitioner, you will treat patients throughout their lives, often acting as their primary care provider and creating wellness plans for them as part of a holistic approach to treating the entire person, not just the symptom. In these ways, you can influence your patients’ healthcare decisions, and inspire them towards leading a life built on a foundation of health and wellness.
The Family Nurse Practitioner Job Outlook is Excellent
As the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) recommends the DNP degree as the minimum level of education for certified Family Nurse Practitioners, and as baby boomers begin to retire, the demand for qualified nurses to fill the FNP role continues to grow. By 2020, it is estimated that the shortage of 20,400 physicians could be reduced significantly by integrating primary care NPs.1 This demand for primary care nurses and family practice nurses means increased opportunities in rural, suburban, and urban areas2 so where you’d like to work is up to you.
Salaries of the NP are excellent as well. Studies show that the average salary for an NP remains first-rate in all settings, even in rural areas, which boasts an average salary of $99,144 according to a recent salary survey by ADVANCE for NPs and PAs3.
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1Bureau of Health Professions (BHPR) https://bhw.hrsa.gov/health-workforce-analysis/primary-care-2020
2National Conference of State Legislatures http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/meeting-the-primary-care-needs-of-rural-america.aspx
32015 Nurse Practitioner Salary Survey. http://nurse-practitioners-and-physician-assistants.advanceweb.com/Features/Articles/NP-Salaries-Continue-to-Inch-Upward.aspx