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The exact training of a nurse practitioner definitely varies from person to person, depending on the setting in which he or she works and the field of specialization

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Sophomore Paper: Nurse Practitioner Recently, I was able to take a trip down to Tijuana, Mexico, where I had the opportunity to volunteer at an orphanage for ten days. While at the orphanage, I was able to help build a sidewalk and a garage for a family who was fleeing domestic violence. During my trip I experienced one of the greatest feelings in my life, which was the complete self-fulfillment and joy in helping another human being. I knew from then on helping people and having the privilege to serve others would be something I would want to do as lifetime career. Thus, combining my love for helping people and my interest in the medical field, I decided to research the occupation of being a nurse practitioner to see if this would be a suitable career option for me in the future. As a nurse, you can generally plan when you will work and for how long, but your day will be anything but routine. ...read more.


Thus, "there are three ways to become a registered nurse (RN): an associate's degree, a diploma at a hospital school of nursing, or a bachelor's-degree program at a college or university" (Nurse Practitioner Vocational, 65). However, a bachelor's degree is generally necessary for anyone who wants to receive a master degree, which is the next step in becoming a nurse practitioner. These programs last one to two years and provide studies in diagnostic skills, health assessment, pharmacology, clinical management, and research skills (Paterson, 42). Usually, admission to these nursing programs is very competitive and may take more than one try to get accepted. The last step in becoming a nurse practitioner is passing national certification exams, which is most definitely easier said than done. Besides those mandatory educational requirements for being a nurse practitioner, you should have good communication and people skills. Also, since you often may be working independently, you need to be able to take responsibility in health care situations and have good judgment regarding these situations. ...read more.


In the end, no one can firmly guarantee that any career is safe from layoffs and cutbacks. However, as long as you're willing to be flexible, even the Bureau of Labor Statistics says, "Opportunities should be excellent, particularly for nurses with advanced education and training "(Paterson, 45). In conclusion, throughout researching this paper I became more and more attracted to the possibility that I might someday become a nurse practitioner. One of the most important things I learned is that the educational requirements to become a nurse practitioner were much more appealing to me than those required of a physician. Also, I learned that this occupation is one that has employment opportunities across the world, which is perfect for me since I would love to be able to help people all over the globe. Finally, in the future I would definitely consider pursuing this occupation. This career has so many different aspects that fit perfectly into my idea of a dream job. Plus it would give me the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives on a daily basis, which in my opinion is one of the best career options available. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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