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Nurse Practitioner
Nurse practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses who have greater autonomy, in many states able to practice independently and prescribe medications. Similar in nature to physician assistants, nurse practitioners take a patient load themselves, enabling primary care physicians to provide care to more complex cases.

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Adult health
Acute care
Family health
School health
Women's health

Work Activities/Environment
Nurse practitioners work in hospitals, clinics, community centers, public health departments, and a number of other health organizations. They follow a patient's progress — taking the medical history, conducting physical exams, making diagnoses, and implementing treatment plans. NPs also have the ability to order and interpret lab tests and x-rays.

Academic/Special Requirements
High school students should study health, mathematics, biology, chemistry, social sciences and related courses. Nursing education includes classes in anatomy, physiology, chemistry, microbiology, psychology and related courses. Health and wellness subjects are emphasized, such as nutrition and basic care.

Nurse practitioners begin their education as registered nurses with a bachelor's degree. The master's level NP program takes approximately 18 months to 2 years to complete, and involves classroom and clinical work. Nurse practitioners are nationally certified by four national certifying groups: the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NCB/PNP), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and the National Certification Corporation (NCC).

Educational Institutions
Herzing University - Brookfield
Herzing University - Kenosha
Herzing University - Madison
Marian University
Marquette University
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Viterbo University

Average $70,000

Professional Organizations
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC, 20036

American Association of Nurse Practitioners
PO Box 12846
Austin , TX, 78711

American Health Care Association
1201 L Street NW
Washington, DC, 20005

American Hospital Association (AHA)
155 N. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL, 60606
312/422-3000 or 800/424-4301

American Nurses Association (ANA)
8515 Georgia Avenue, Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD, 20910
301/628-5000 or 800/274-4ANA (4262)

Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)
915 Lee St.
Des Plaines, IL, 60016-6569
800/900-9659 or 800/243-8362

Leading Age Wisconsin
204 South Hamilton Street
Madison, WI, 53703

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
5 Hanover Square, Suite 1401
New York, NY, 10004

National League for Nursing
2600 Virginia Ave. NW, Eighth Floor
Washington, DC, 20037

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
1615 M Street NW, Suite 270
Washington, DC, 20036

National Student Nurses’ Association
45 Main Street, Suite 606
Brooklyn , NY, 11201

Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing
1400 E. Washington Ave., Room 112
Madison, WI, 53703
608/266-2112 or 877/617-1565

Wisconsin League for Nursing
PO Box 320892
Franklin, WI, 53132-6151

Wisconsin Nurses Association
6117 Monona Drive #1
Madison, WI, 53716
608/221-0383 or 800/362-3959

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