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Video:Career Profile: Day in the Life of a Nurse Practitioner

with Madeleine Lloyd

Not sure if a nursing career is for you? Learn from a nurse practitioner what schooling and skills are required, and what a typical day is like on the job.See Transcript

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Transcript:Career Profile: Day in the Life of a Nurse Practitioner

I’m Madeleine Lloyd. I’m the Practice Director of the NYU College of Nursing Faculty Practice and I’m here for About.com. I’m going to explain what it’s like to be a nurse practitioner.

What Is a Nurse Practitioner?

A nurse practitioner is a licensed registered nurse. They’re also known as an advanced practice nurse. Being a nurse is both a science and an art. It’s looking at the patient as a whole. How do they interact with their environment. How do they interact with their health, and it’s coming form a place of caring.

Schooling Needed for a Nurse Practitioner

The nurse practitioner has already a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. Nurse practitioners need to have a Masters degree, minimally. And then you can go on and get a doctorate degree in nursing science or a doctor of Philosophy. And then it’s usually in their area od specialization. A family nurse practitioner and adult nurse practitioner and a geriatric nurse practitioner, there’s even psychiatric nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioners, holistic nurse practitioners. That will define a nurse practitiooner’s scope of practice. As well as the state that they practice in.

Skills Needed in Nursing

The top skills that a nurse practitioner needs, number one, would be communication skills, triaging skills, multi-tasking, able to juggle a lot of different situations all at once. To be a good diagnostician. The skills to prevent and promote and to motivate behavioral changes in patients. I’m both a family nurse practitioner and a psychiatric mental health practitioner.

Typical Nurse Schedule

A typical day starts around 8:30 in the morning. Where I would look at laboratory results that have come in from the previous days. I look at telephone encounters or e-mails that patients have sent me regarding their care and answer those. Then at 9 o clock I would start seeing patients, in the morning. And there are usually two sessions so it’s out-patient and it’s ambulatory. So, patients walk in. It’s not like I;’m in a nursing home or an acute care setting. I see them anywhere between half an hour to an hour depending on wwhether they’re a new patient or an established patient. They day you can look one way to start but then walk ins will happen and people need to be seen acutely or urgently and so they’ll be slotted into a day. And we’re on call to our patients 24 hours a day.

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