Featured Career of the Week: Nurse Anesthetics, Midwives, and Practitioners (10/23/2017-10/29/2017)

NURSE ANESTHETICS, MIDWIVES and PRACTITIONERS

What Nurse Anesthetics, Midwives and Practitioners Do:

Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners, also referred to as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), coordinate patient care and may provide primary and specialty healthcare. The scope of practice varies from state to state.

Work Environment:

Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) work in a variety of settings including physicians' offices, hospitals, schools, and clinics. Nurse midwives also work in birthing centers. Some APRNs may treat patients in their patients’ homes.

APRNs may also travel long distances to help care for patients in places where there are not enough healthcare workers.

How to Become an Nurse Anesthetists, Midwife or Practitioner:

APRNs Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners, also referred to as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), must earn at least a master’s degree in one of the specialty roles. APRNs must also be licensed registered nurses in their state and pass a national certification exam.  They must earn a master’s degree from an accredited program. These programs include both classroom education and clinical experience. Courses in anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology are common as well as coursework specific to the chosen APRN role.

Pay:

The median annual wage for nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners was $107,460 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $74,300, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $175,170.

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